25 February 2006

us: U.S. technology has been used to block, censor Net for years USA Today

Internet users in Yemen can't get to beer.com because of technology from a couple of U.S. companies. Surely this is a human rights violation, keeping innocent civilians from a website devoted to beer and women. Why, the Yemeni Netizens -- all 150,000 of them -- are also blocked from getting to gayegypt.com. They're denied spikybras.com! Which, by the way, ya gotta check out -- it's hilarious, and no more racy than an I Dream of Jeannie episode.

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20 February 2006

The worst of the Net Roger Darlington

This week, a US Congressional body - the House subcommittee on global human rights - held a hearing on the involvement of American companies in the controlling of Internet access by Chinese users. The Republican Chairman of the subcommittee declared: "Cooperation with tyranny should not be embraced for the sake of profits." Hear, hear. We need to sort out those commie Chinese. But there is a more serious issue that American politicians and industry are not adequately addressing. The UK's Internet Watch Foundation found last year that 40% of all reports of child abuse images on the Net were hosted in the United States. Why are there no hearings on this?

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Testimony of Reporters Without Borders before the US House of Representatives Reporters sans frontières

Reporters Without Borders' representative in Washington, Lucie Morillon, testified on 15 February before the US House of Representatives Committee for International relations and Humanitarian Affairs. During the hearing, the major US Internet companies such as Yahoo !, Microsoft, Google and Cisco systems, were required to explain their collaboration with the Chinese authorities on web censorship.

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us/cn: Congress accuses Google of collusion The Guardian

The giants of the internet were hauled before Congress yesterday, accused of colluding with China's secret police and censors.

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The problem in China isn't with Google Ethical Corp

The uncomfortable truth is that the Chinese government is not progressing as fast towards democracy as a growth-hungry West has let itself believe, argues Tom Rotherham. ... While one may well wish that the Chinese government recognised that free access to information is in its people's interests, it is wrong-headed in the extreme to suggest that any company is doing the right thing by ignoring the government in a country in which it operates.

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China defends internet regulation BBC

China has responded to international criticism of its internet regulations by saying its rules are "fully in line" with the rest of the world.

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China's old guard warns censors of 'social disaster' The Guardian

A group of retired senior officials and academics, including Mao Zedong's former secretary, yesterday called for more openness, warning China's propaganda department that the media crackdown "could sow the seeds of disaster for political and social transition".

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cn: Yahoo! appeals for support in censorship row The Guardian

Yahoo! yesterday sought to blunt criticism of its business practices in China in advance of what is expected to be a gruelling hearing in Washington on Wednesday.

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Yahoo! accused over jailing of Chinese dissident The Guardian

Campaigners for free speech in China accused the US internet company Yahoo! of providing information that allowed Chinese police to jail a cyber-dissident two years ago. The charge by Reporters Without Borders is likely to provide further ammunition to US congressional members, less than two weeks after Google said it would bend to Beijing's wish to censor politically sensitive content.

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Chinese man 'jailed due to Yahoo' BBC

Internet firm Yahoo is accused of giving data to China which led to the arrest of another online writer.

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12 February 2006

uk: BT sounds child web porn warning BBC

The number of attempts to view illegal child pornography on the web has risen sharply since 2004, according to BT.

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Microsoft amends blog shutdown policies USA Today

Microsoft says it is setting new policies on shutting down Web journals after its much-publicized squelching of a well-known Chinese blogger at the request of Chinese officials. Microsoft says it will make sites available elsewhere if shut down by country.

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29 January 2006

us: The erosion of anonymous Internet speech zdnet

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution safeguards freedom of speech. The right to speak freely generally includes the right to speak anonymously. And developing case law holds that the right to speak freely embraces the liberty to speak anonymously on the Internet.

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Internet companies assist censorship amnesty.org

Google's launch of a self-censoring Chinese search engine is the latest in a string of examples of global Internet companies caving in to pressure from the Chinese government.

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Google says China decision painful but right Reuters

Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin said his company's decision to self-censor its Chinese search system followed a change of heart over how best to foster the free flow of information.

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cn: Google's Chinese firewall blocks more than Yahoo! silicon.com

Google's new China search engine not only censors many websites that question the Chinese government but it goes further than similar services from Microsoft and Yahoo! by targeting teen pregnancy, homosexuality, dating, beer and jokes.

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cn: A dangerous domain Guardian

The Chinese government's attitude to internet use encompasses shocking double standards on hacking and censorship

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