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2009-06-25 09:31:59

Google services in some parts of China have been interrupted as the search engine giant is accused of proliferating vulgar content in its Web searches by China's Foreign Ministry. This is raising the controversial issue of censorship among Chinese citizens. In a statement to AFP Google China said, "We understand that many users could not access Google.com in mainland China, along with linked services, such as Google Docs and Gmail, during the last 24 hours." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman...

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2009-06-13 11:09:02

A software company in California has alleged that stolen programming code is being used in Internet-filtering software which China has mandated for all new personal computers, The Associated Press reported. The "Green Dam-Youth Escort" filtering software that must be packaged with all computers sold in China from July 1 supposedly contains parts of similar software designed by Solid Oak Software of Santa Barbara, the company said Friday. Brian Milburn, Solid Oak's founder, said he plans to...

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2009-06-11 12:30:00

Starting next month, the Chinese government will be requiring that the Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software be installed on all computers. Many citizens have been outspoken in their criticism of the government mandate. China says the software is being implemented in order to filter out violent and pornographic material from the Web. Chinese state media has launched a series of reports aimed at bolstering the new screening software. According to the Associated Press, state...

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2009-06-08 14:25:00

The Chinese Government is mandating that all personal computers sold within the country include software that blocks pornographic web sites and other sites it deems objectionable.  Jinhui Computer System Engineering Co., which was awarded a government contract to develop the "Green Dam-Youth Escort" filtering software, said Monday that the software would give parents additional oversight by preventing online access to sites with pornographic images or language. The company is...

2008-08-25 12:00:36

Text of report by Paris-based media freedom organization Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) on 25 August The Chinese-language version of the Reporters Without Borders website became accessible in China today. Tests carried out in Beijing and Shangai showed that Chinese internet users can access the site at this address: http://www.rsf.org/chinese/. "We welcome the fact that Chinese internet users can access information about press freedom in their own language," Reporters Without Borders...

2008-08-25 09:00:49

By Nicholas D. Kristof What makes the news from China is usually the bad news: the arrests, the raided churches, the blocked Internet sites, the overzealous security goons. That's the way journalism works - we cover planes that crash, not those that land. Yet the underlying trend in recent years is the opposite. For all the continuing repression, Chinese live far freer lives now than when I lived in Beijing in the 1980s and '90s. Ordinary citizens can now easily travel abroad, choose...

2008-08-06 15:00:35

The Art of Peace Foundation announced today that 'Songs for Tibet' is now the top-selling rock download on iTunes across the world. "With the Beijing Olympics just days away, this album sends a clear statement to Tibet and the Dalai Lama that the world is with them and supports their dreams for fundamental human rights and autonomy," said Executive Director of The Art of Peace Foundation, Michael Wohl. "Not only is the album a musical powerhouse, but we hope it will raise awareness of the...

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2008-08-06 12:15:00

By Martin Salazar One might expect search terms like "democracy movement,""Tiananmen incident" and even "Playboy magazine" to be blackballed by the People's Republic of China. But Polynices -- the Greek mythology figure who ticked off his father Oedipus so much that he was cursed to die by his brother's hand? Yep. The ill-fated lad has somehow managed to land himself on China's forbidden list of Internet searches. "Polynices is, I guess, associated with anarchy in some way," said Jed...

2008-08-04 15:00:25

By SUE VORENBERG ALBUQUERQUE -- For those athletes, journalists and members of the public who are already in China, it may be too late for an ominous warning. But a note for everyone else: If you want to interact through the Internet with your home countries, make sure the words "chicken feather information collection" do not appear on your Web site. You also want to steer clear of "Oriental red space time,""eighty-nine,""multi-dimensional" and, of course, "news blackout." These are...

2008-08-03 12:00:13

By Andrew Jacobs Juliet Macur contributed reporting. * The Chinese authorities, bowing to criticism from Olympic officials, foreign journalists and Western political leaders, have lifted some of the restrictions that blocked Web sites at the main press center for the Summer Games, although other politically sensitive sites remained inaccessible Friday. The government made no announcement about the partial lifting of its fire wall and it was unclear if the change would be temporary....


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