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2008-03-17 00:15:00

More evidence of the Chinese government's attempt to squelch protests regarding Tibet arose on Sunday when many users in the communist territory were blocked from viewing videos on YouTube. The blackout began in response to many dissenting videos that began popping up on the video-sharing site on Saturday, just one day after public protests against Chinese rule erupted in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. The videos contained footage from foreign news agencies that were reporting on the...

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2008-01-19 10:25:00

On Friday, the Chinese government reported that its Internet population has soared to 210 million people, putting it on track to surpass the U.S. online community this year to become the world's largest.According to AP, the official China Internet Network Information Center, also known as CNNIC, said the online population grew 53 percent, from 137 million reported at the same time last year. According to the government's Xinhua News Agency, China is only 5 million behind the United States...

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2006-06-09 06:25:00

WASHINGTON -- Google Inc. is committed to doing business in China despite criticism the company has faced for abiding by Chinese government censorship restrictions, co-founder Sergey Brin said this week. On Tuesday, after a session with several U.S. senators to discuss telecommunications legislation, Brin made comments that prompted some journalists to speculate Google intended to change or eliminate its operations in China. In fact, he reiterated Google's intention to move ahead with its...

2006-04-11 12:45:24

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China could agree to a number of steps on Tuesday aimed at reducing piracy of American software, music and films at a high-level meeting with U.S. officials, industry officials said. "We are cautiously optimistic we will get some good results today," Robert Holleyman, chief executive officer of the Business Software Alliance told reporters at a briefing on the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, or JCCT, meeting. Chinese Vice...

2006-02-28 01:32:51

BEIJING (Reuters) - Families of victims of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown have called on the Chinese government to renounce violent oppression of human rights. The call from the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of more than 100 family members of demonstrators killed in the June 4, 1989 crackdown, comes just ahead of the opening of the annual session of China's parliament. "Please show courage and determination to stop all atrocities that oppress human rights around the country," the group...

2006-02-15 15:55:00

By Joel Rothstein and Paul Eckert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers lashed out at Google Inc. and other prominent Internet companies on Wednesday, with one Democrat questioning "how your corporate leadership sleeps at night" because of the companies' alleged complicity in human rights abuses by the Chinese government. As representatives from Google, Yahoo Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. looked on, lawmakers from both political parties delivered a withering attack. "Your...

2006-02-15 16:00:00

By Joel Rothstein and Paul Eckert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers lashed out at Google Inc. and other prominent Internet companies on Wednesday, with one Democrat questioning "how your corporate leadership sleeps at night" because of the companies' alleged complicity in human rights abuses by the Chinese government. As representatives from Google, Yahoo Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. looked on, lawmakers from both political parties delivered a withering attack. "Your...

2006-02-15 03:00:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING -- China is being forced on the defensive over its media censorship policies, fending off attacks from United States and even, unexpectedly, its own aging Communist Party officials. This week, Beijing has had to defend its controls over the Internet, just days after U.S. Web giants faced bipartisan criticism in Congress for bowing to Chinese government demands to block sites and help track down critics who communicate online. At the same time, a former secretary to...

2006-02-14 14:48:22

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department said on Tuesday it had set up a task force to help U.S. technology companies protect freedom of expression in countries like China that censor online content. State Department officials said they will push to encourage foreign countries to allow greater freedom of expression online and help U.S. businesses figure out what to do when called on to enforce repressive laws in countries where they operate. "Many technology...

2006-02-10 02:16:38

By Joel Rothstein and Eric Auchard WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. Internet companies faced bipartisan criticism in the Congress on Thursday amid a rising controversy over Yahoo Inc.'s alleged role in the Chinese government's imprisonment of a second dissident. "I don't like any American company ratting out a citizen for speaking out against their government," Rep. Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat and member of the House Human Rights Subcommittee, told Reuters. "This is the tip...


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