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China Rights Review ‘Shrouded in Secrecy,’ Activists Pressured

A policeman tries to stop a photographer from taking pictures at a police checkpoint in Beijing.

  China has launched a nationwide crackdown on rights activists clamoring for transparency and participation in the government’s closed-door preparations for a once-in-four years U.N. review of the country’s human rights record, according to a rights group. Chinese rights campaigners

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Posted in Government Control, Human Rights

World News: China Scores Poorly in Global Democracy Index

China Ballot Officers

In a year of little progress for democracy around the world, China has once more ranked among the lowest on a 2012 global democracy index, while Hong Kong moved up a few places based on rising levels of public participation

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Posted in Human Rights, World News

Bullshit US Lawmakers: Cyber Attacks Will Have Consequences

Politician

Members of a U.S. congressional panel have expressed concern about the threat cyber attacks from other nations pose to U.S. national security.  Some lawmakers are calling on the Obama administration to make sure governments which might be encouraging or tolerating

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Posted in Government Control, World News

Internet Censorship: China Lifts Ban on IMDB

IMDB

China has unblocked the popular entertainment website IMDB (Internet Movie Database), which has been blocked since 2010. “I know very few cases where a site that’s been blocked for a long time is unblocked,” said Doug Young, a journalism professor

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Posted in Censorship, Internet Censorship

World News: China’s Premier Rejects US Hacking Accusations

China Premier

New Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has rejected U.S. accusations of hacking and says the two countries should not make groundless accusations against each other and should work together to contribute to cyber security. Speaking to reporters after the close of

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Posted in Science & Technology, World News

Internet Censorship: Weibo Censors Move with Great Speed

Weibo Censored

Despite 300 million users generating more than 100 million posts per day, Chinese censors are very adept at deleting unwanted material on Weibo, the country’s main blogging platform. The censors are also fast, according to new research. “What’s interesting is

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Posted in Censorship, Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship: Netizens Sway Opinion with ‘People’s’ Paper

Huynh Ngoc Chenh

An award-winning blogger in Vietnam said online activists in his tightly ruled country are becoming an effective source of information and are educating the public about their political rights through their “people’s newspaper.” But while these activists are competing with

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Posted in Censorship, Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship: Media Watchdog Calls Vietnam, China ‘Spy States’

China Internet

Written by Richard Finney China and Vietnam are among five “State Enemies of the Internet” identified Tuesday by a global media watchdog, which for the first time also listed an equal number of private-sector companies accused of selling monitoring equipment

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Posted in Censorship, Internet Censorship

World News: US Warns China on Cyber Security

Web attack

A senior White House official is calling on China to take “serious steps” to stop cybercrimes, saying the issue is a “growing challenge” to U.S.-China relations. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon on Monday called on China to acknowledge the scope

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Posted in Science & Technology, World News

Internet Censorship: China, Russia Seek Greater Control of Internet, US says

Internet Censorship Protest

China and Russia are buying increasingly powerful surveillance technologies to intercept communications and try to take control of the Internet, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Alec Ross, the U.S. secretary of state’s senior adviser for innovation, said new

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Posted in Internet Censorship, Science & Technology, World News

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