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Write about China and you can expect to be hacked


At least if you write about Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao… The morning edition of my Washington Post claims Chinese hackers penetrated its computer systems as early as 2008 or 2009. Security precautions were implemented by the Post late in 2011 by its cybersecurity contractor, Mandiant. This follows reports by the New York Times  (January 30) that it, and other … Continue reading

China’s bloggers must use real names under proposed law


New legislation governing the internet, which officials claim is aimed at combating online vigilantes and privacy breaches, is proving controversial on the mainland because it will require bloggers and bulletin board users to register using their real names. Many internet users say it is an attempt to further curb freedom of speech and have expressed … Continue reading

People’s Daily editorials signal harsher internet regulation in China


Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily meted out harshly worded front-page editorials about internet regulation on Friday, Thursday and Tuesday this week, a move that might signal the party’s new campaign to impose further controls on the nation’s already heavily censored internet, especially its booming social media community. In Friday’s editorial titled “The internet … Continue reading

China’s government hires people to distort web conversations


The Chinese government hires people to distort or deflect conversations on the web. Ai Weiwei persuades an “online commentator” to tell all. In February 2011, Ai Weiwei tweeted that he would like to conduct an interview with an “online commentator”. Commentators are hired by the Chinese government or the Communist Party of China to post … Continue reading

Three Baidu staff arrested for paid deletion of posts


Singtao Daily’s integrated report: “Three staff members of Baidu, the well-known Chinese search engine, were placed under criminal detention by Beijing police for deleting unfavourable posts (articles published on the Internet by web users) after taking payments. They were suspected to have committed the crime of non-government workers taking bribes. “‘Paid deletion of posts is … Continue reading

China Weibo: When regulation hits its stride, freedom of speech retreats


Weibo.com, the Chinese version of Twitter, has announced new rules today to complement the existing Weibo Community Convention.  The new rules have announced some  stricter measures to control the dissemination and sharing of information via the internet in China. The prior Convention of Weibo was created two months ago following the heyday of microblogging that shed … Continue reading

Win-win situation for local and foreign investors – bridging digital divide in China


Apple hasn’t had it easy in China. Back in 1998, Chinese company Proview, which has been semi-defunct for quite some time, produced a device that came to be known as Internet Personal Access Device or iPAD. Proview’s IPAD does not share any of the features of Apple’s tablet as we have come to know it, … Continue reading

Chinese censors can’t hide deleted Weibo posts


A program developed at Hong Kong University recovers the politically sensitive blog posts that are removed from the Chinese version of Twitter by mainland officials. Mainland censors monitor the Chinese version of Twitter for politically sensitive posts and delete them but a university pilot project, WeiboScope, allows researchers to recover and analyse the deleted postings. … Continue reading

Google takes on China’s censors


Google has fired a new salvo in a censorship battle with Beijing by adding a feature that warns mainland users when they use search keywords that might produce blocked results and suggests they try other terms. Google’s announcement on Thursday described the change as a technical improvement and made no mention of Beijing’s extensive internet … Continue reading

Wall comes down briefly for Facebook users


Some mainland internet users were able to gain access to Facebook, the world’s largest online social network, for more than seven hours yesterday. Having been blocked by the authorities for nearly three years, internet users in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and some cities in central China said they were able to visit the site from early … Continue reading

Cyber attacks – China embraces piracy 2.0


Night Dragon. Operation Aurora. Operation Shady RAT. In the past several years, internet security company McAfee and various media groups have pinned a series of high-profile hacker attacks with names worthy of spy novels on China-based groups. Yet the attacks differed from the classic spy account in one notable respect: They were directed mainly at … Continue reading

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