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Protesting China’s Required Censorship Software

dinoyum writes “Censorship in China is nothing new, but the level of action taken to force Chinese citizens to comply has garnered global recognition. China marked the date July 1st, 2009 as the day manufacturers will be forced to install filtering software on all new PCs. While many have resorted to digitally lashing out against Green Dam, Chinese artist and designer of the famous Bird’s Nest at the Beijing Olympics, Ai Weiwei has decided upon a different approach. ‘[He wants] a general internet strike — no work, no games, no email or anything else online — for 24 hours on the date the government plans to require censorship software on all new computers, he says, will be a quiet act of rebellion. Not coincidentally, July 1 is the 88th anniversary of the Communist Party of China. Though he posted the idea, Ai wants to leave the meaning to those who participate. “I gave almost no explanation about why I’m doing it,” Ai said. “I just give the structure and people will fill in their own meaning. I don’t want to be political first. I wanted to set up an act that everyone can easily accept, and then realize the power later. I want people to see their own power,” he said.'”

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Protesting China’s Required Censorship Software

Why China’s Internet Plan May Backfire

The mandatory requirement that all computers sold in China carry security software has caused a stir among Chinese Internet users. Officially, the purpose of the Green Dam-Youth Escort software is to shield kids from online pornography, but most China watchers expect Beijing to use the program to block access to…

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Why China’s Internet Plan May Backfire

Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

theodp writes “When questioned about his firm’s US hiring, Information Week reports that Vineet Nayar, the CEO of the Indian outsourcing giant HCL Technologies, showed he can stereotype with the best of them, telling an audience in NYC that most American tech grads are ‘unemployable’. Explaining that Americans are far less willing than students from developing economies like India, China, and Brazil to master the ‘boring’ details of tech process and methodology, the HCL chief added that most Americans are just too expensive to train. HCL, which was reportedly awarded a secretive 0 million outsourcing contract by M|cr0s0ft last April, gets a personal thumbs-up from Steve Ballmer for ‘walking the extra mile.’ Ballmer was busy last week pitching more H-1B visas as the cure for America’s job ills at The National Summit.”

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

Google Suggest Disabled In China Due To Porn

I Don’t Believe in Imaginary Property writes “The Chinese government has asked Google to disable Google Suggest because it has been suggesting that people search for pornography based on its analysis of the most popular search terms in China. This comes on the heels of a fake CCTV interview being used to support the government requirement that all new computers ship with the ‘Green Damn’ Internet censoring program, which is still in force, despite reports to the contrary.” The story on the chinaSMACK site demonstrates that Chinese search engine Baidu features a comparable search-suggestion function, which similarly recommends adult-themed sites, but that the government has not attacked Baidu over the issue of porn.

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Google Suggest Disabled In China Due To Porn

Google Hustles to Meet China’s Porn-Blocking Demands


Google has stepped up its efforts to fight Internet pornography in China, following Beijing’s move on Friday to block some Chinese-language results delivered by its search engine. “We are undertaking a thorough review of our service and taking all necessary steps to fix any problem with our results,” Google spokesperson Scott Rubin told TechNewsWorld. The Web search giant needs to get cracking. Chinese authorities have warned they may take further action depending on Google’s response.

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Friday, June 19th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Google Hustles to Meet China’s Porn-Blocking Demands

A Week of Free Updates, Free Advice and Free Speech


What we’re seeing in Iran could be the beginning of some big political changes. Fishy results in the presidential election last week have led to massive protests, some of which have turned violent. The way the news about the country’s turbulence is reaching other parts of the world is monumental in its own right — symptomatic of the changes that have been brewing ever since the term “Web 2.0” moved into cliché territory. Iran’s efforts to suppress international news coverage of the unrest have largely failed, because the tools of journalism are in the hands of too many.

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Friday, June 19th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on A Week of Free Updates, Free Advice and Free Speech

China’s Green Dam, No Longer Compulsory, May Have Lifted Code

LionMage writes “Much has been made previously of how China’s Green Dam software must be installed on all new PCs in China, and of more recent revelations that the software may create exploitable security vulnerabilities or even provide the Chinese government with a ready-made botnet to use for potentially nefarious purposes. (One of those prior articles even discusses how Green Dam incorporates blacklists from CyberSitter.) Now the BBC is reporting that Solid Oak’s CyberSitter software may have had more than just a compiled blacklist lifted from it. Solid Oak is claiming that actual pieces of their code somehow ended up in Green Dam. From PC Magazine’s article: ‘Solid Oak Software, the developer of CyberSitter, claims that the look and feel of the GUI used by Green Dam mimics the style of CyberSitter. But more damning, chief executive Brian Milburn said, was the fact that the Green Dam code uses DLLs identified with the CyberSitter name, and even makes calls back to Solid Oak’s servers for updates.'” Relatedly, reader Spurious Logic writes that Green Dam won’t be mandatory after all, according to an unnamed official with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on China’s Green Dam, No Longer Compulsory, May Have Lifted Code

China Scrambles to Repair Crumbling Green Dam


For years, China’s government has kept the country’s Internet surfers on a very short leash. Censors attempt to block any content considered immoral, which could be anything from pornography to politically charged blog posts. Its latest plan is to order the installation of filtering software directly into all personal computers. While that software may shut Internet users out of certain corners of the Web, it could also leave doors wide open for malicious hackers, according to J. Alex Halderman’s students at the University of Michigan.

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Monday, June 15th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on China Scrambles to Repair Crumbling Green Dam

China’s Mandated Site-Blocking Software Is Pirated Code

You’ll recall China’s new censorship moves with regards to PCs, mandating that new PCs there have site-blocking software installed. Ironically, though not surprisingly, it turns out that the filtering software they’re requiring, “Green Dam-Youth Escort,” contains pirated code.

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Week in review: Palm challenges Apple to phone fight

Apple and Palm mix it up over smartphones, while M|cr0s0ft sends browserless Windows to Europe and cans Money. Also: China to require censorship software.

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Friday, June 12th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Week in review: Palm challenges Apple to phone fight