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German envoy voices concerns about China web restrictions

German envoy voices concerns about China web restrictions

A potential ban in China on software to avoid the country’s censors could make it “impossible” to communicate privately online, the German ambassador warned Monday. German envoy Michael Clauss said the possible prohibition of virtual private networks (VPNs) and the recent blockage of WhatsApp have raised concerns among foreign businesses. China has one of the […]

China’s Most Diabolical Censorship Strategy: Keep ‘em Happy

China’s Most Diabolical Censorship Strategy: Keep ‘em Happy

China is known as one of the world’s leaders in propaganda and censorship. The ruling Communist Party runs mass-reaching print and broadcast media networks.  Meanwhile, it controls what its people can and can’t see online: The Great Firewall. But in the age of the Internet and mobile everything, the most influential wing of its propaganda […]

Government Proposal Against Censorship in China Gets Censored

Government Proposal Against Censorship in China Gets Censored

Among the developed world, China has long been regarded as enforcing some of the strictest rules on Internet access. Now, government advisers, deputies, delegates and lawmakers are calling on regulators to ease restrictions. Even those who agree with China’s basis to censor politically sensitive information are now arguing that China’s digital nets are spreading too […]

‘Father’ of China’s Internet Control Blocked by his Own Creation

‘Father’ of China’s Internet Control Blocked by his Own Creation

The “father” of China’s system of internet controls was defeated by the very own system he helped create in a bout of hilarious irony. Fang Binxing was giving a speech at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) on the topic of internet security when the system blocked him from entering a South Korean website, according […]

Pu Trial Could Define Free Speech in China

Pu Trial Could Define Free Speech in China

Several Chinese Internet users have been keeping close eyes on the trial of civil-rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who is accused of making seven criminally-offensive posts on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform in China. Pu is facing charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”  He faces up to eight years in prison if […]

Xi Jinping says China Deserves its Cyber Sovereignty and Right to Regulate the Internet

Xi Jinping says China Deserves its Cyber Sovereignty and Right to Regulate the Internet

While speaking at the World Internet Conference in Zhejiang province, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on world leaders to respect China’s “cyber sovereignty.” He argued that China had a right to choose how to develop and regulate the Internet within its borders. China has come under intense scrutiny from cyber activists for keeping its roughly […]

Pu Zhiqiang to Stand Trial in One of Jinping Administration’s Most Closely-Watched Cases

Pu Zhiqiang to Stand Trial in One of Jinping Administration’s Most Closely-Watched Cases

On Monday, the Chinese government will defend its claims against one of China’s most celebrated activists in one of the most controversial and closely-watched cases in Xi Jinping’s presidency. World-recognized political activist and civil-rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang will stand trial after spending 18 months behind bars. He is facing up to 8 years in jail […]

China’s Chief Censor says China Doesn’t Censor

China’s Chief Censor says China Doesn’t Censor

Ahead of the World Internet Conference in the Chinese town of Wuzhen, China’s censor-in-chief told the country’s media that Beijing does not censor the Internet. Lu Wei, the leader of the Cyberspace Administration of China, instead told reporters that China “manages” the Internet. “It is a misuse of words to say ‘content censorship,’ Lu said […]

China Shuts Down Mobile Phone Service in Muslim Populated Region

China Shuts Down Mobile Phone Service in Muslim Populated Region

China has shut down mobile phone service for residents in the territory of Xinjiang whom are using certain tools the government fears could be used to orchestrate terrorist attacks or communicate with accomplices overseas. Last week, Xinjiang police began cutting service for people who’ve downloaded popular messaging apps. such as WhatsApp and Telegram, as well […]

China Shuts Down Mobile Phone Service for Xinjiang Residents Infiltrating the Great Firewall

China Shuts Down Mobile Phone Service for Xinjiang Residents Infiltrating the Great Firewall

Police in the Chinese region of Xinjiang are shutting down mobile phone service for people using foreign messaging apps. and software that could give them access to banned websites, according to five residents who spoke with the New York Times. The citizens spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of backlash from local police […]

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