Latest Internet censorship in the People's Republic of China Stories

2012-03-07 20:26:42

Deleted Messages Include Terms Ranging From "Falun Gong" to "Iodized Salt" Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science analyzed millions of Chinese microblogs, or "weibos," to uncover a set of politically sensitive terms that draw the attention of Chinese censors. Individual messages containing the terms were often deleted at rates that could vary based on current events or geography. The study is the first large-scale analysis of political content censorship...

2011-05-16 14:05:00

A Chinese government official was quoted by state media as saying on Monday that the number of Internet users in China hit 477 million at the end of March. The Xinhua news agency reported that the official from the Telecommunications Administration Bureau announced the figure at a meeting in Beijing. The number of people using the Internet in China hit 457 million at the end of 2010, which shows a third of its 1.3 billion population is online. China is already the world's largest...

2010-07-15 11:20:00

According to official figures released Thursday, China's Internet population has grown to 420 million. The figure marks an increase of 36 million since the number of users was last tested in 2009. The latest numbers were released by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), a government-linked industry body, and reflect data gathered through the end of June. The report said that among the factors helping to drive the latest increase was a 31 percent jump in the number of...

2010-06-29 12:30:00

Google changed tack in China on Tuesday in order to address government complaints about its attempt to evade censorship, as it vied to get its business license renewed in the country. The Internet search giant said it would stop automatically redirecting mainland Chinese users to an unfiltered site in Hong Kong, which is a process it started in March in response to censorship and cyberattacks it claims derived from China. "It's clear from conversations we have had with Chinese government...

2010-06-08 11:35:00

On Tuesday, China defended its action taken to censor the Internet, saying it needed to do so in order to ensure state security. China's statement on the matter comes after a very public dispute with Google over web freedoms, which prompted the U.S firm to shut down its Chinese search engines. China "advocates the exertion of technical means" in line with existing laws and international norms "to prevent and curb the harmful effects of illegal information on state security, the public...

2010-05-02 06:50:00

State media reported Saturday that the number of Internet users in China has surpassed 400 million and accounts for about a third of the country's population. The official Xinhua news agency said, citing the State Council Information Office, that the online population in the world's most populous nation has reached 404 million. That is compared to the 384 million users at the end of 2009. The report said that users who access the Internet with mobile phones was steady at 233 million...

2010-03-24 09:30:00

China has responded to Google's Monday decision to offer uncensored content to more than 300-million Internet users in the country by instituting their own measures to block search results on hot-button issues such as the pro-democracy movement, the Associated Press (AP) is reporting. The search engine giant announced on Monday that they were going to cease filtering content in China and redirect users of their .cn website to their Hong Kong page, where there are no such censorship...

2010-01-01 15:27:48

In 2009, Chinese authorities arrested over 5,000 of its citizens for violations of Internet pornography laws "” a number that could be much higher in 2010 as the government promises to come down even harder on Web offenders as part of its beefed-up "state security" plan. The Chinese government is already infamous for its heavy-handed monitoring and restriction of Internet activity "” a phenomenon that critical observers have dubbed the "Great Firewall of China." According to...

2009-07-02 10:20:00

Despite reports on Tuesday that China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology would delay its plans to mandate computer makers to bundle filtering software with all computers, officials say the initiative will carry on. "The government will definitely carry on the directive on Green Dam. It's just a matter of time," China Daily quoted an unnamed source. On Tuesday, Chinese newspaper Xinhua reported that the ministry would delay the initiative less than one day before it was...

2009-06-30 10:20:00

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Tuesday announced that it would back away from previous plans to force computer makers to bundle filtering software with all computers. The announcement came less than one day before the ministry was expected to launch the new initiative that would mandate the installation of the Green Dam Youth Escort software on all computers. China intended to impose the new mandate in order to protect its citizens from offensive material,...

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