After reading this Op/Ed, all I know is that the Internet is a dangerous place, and we should blame the U.S.
Over the weekend, the government told the big Internet companies that tighter regulations were on the way. This was not an exercise in consensus building.
Clinton’s speech suggested that governments that support Net controls, at least the kind that the US doesn’t like, are doomed to fail. Seems like wishful thinking.
Rumors of the Great Firewall’s demise are a bit premature.
The labor movement in China is using all the tech tools at its disposal to get the message out, but the clock may be ticking on new restrictions.
After decimating domestic sites that traffic in boobies and harsh language, and ensuring that operators of new sites must register their genuine identities with government regulators, Beijing is now going after “overseas hostile forces” in the struggle against smut. The Associated Press, via their overseas correspondent on the front lines, filed this report: China will [...]
Since there is quite an overlap between the post I wrote earlier today for China/Divide and the subject matter I usually cover in this blog, I thought a little cross-posting was in order today. For anyone who reads both blogs — sorry about the repetition. First, though, a quick prefatory remark. During the Google “incident,” [...]
Cybercafes in China that admit three or more underage patrons will have their licences revoked under the government’s latest effort to tighten controls on web access in the world’s largest online market. The measure will also be applied to establishments that give rise to “major malignant cases” through admitting any number of underage customers — [...]
I suspect that this holds for porn sites everywhere, but this interview with a site operator is nevertheless kind of fascinating. Porn sites represent the one type of online business that I have never represented as an IP/IT lawyer, so this is potentially all new to me. My big question going in to this: are [...]
After four days out of Beijing, I am painfully aware that work has piled up on me, not the least of which is a lot of news to read and posts to write. I am still in catch-up mode and was planning on devoting some of my free time today to doing battle with my [...]
At Tuesday’s Senate hearing on Internet censorship, someone in the press asked Google VP and Deputy General Counsel Nicole Wong about an action against the Chinese government at the World Trade Organization. Well, the press (again) has taken the bait and is talking about the possibility. The Financial Times kicks their coverage off with this [...]
Latest news goes against conventional wisdom: The computer attack which led Google to threaten leaving China and created a firestorm between Washington and Beijing appears to have been deployed by amateurs, according to an analysis by a U.S. technology firm. “I would say this particular botnet group was not well funded, in which case I [...]
You’ll have to read most of this post, I’m afraid, before you get to the "sheep" part. Just a warning. For those who are either very interested in the issue of Internet censorship or, alternatively, just want to catch up on the world of Kaiser Kuo, his latest blog post is highly recommended. A teaser: [...]