China

ONI Blog: $17M Lawsuit Filed Against Baidu for Censorship
The news recently surfaced that group of eight Chinese writers in New York filed a lawsuit in May against Baidu for complying with government policies to censor their writing, Bloomberg reports. They claim that the search engine banned their writings supporting...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: April 20, 2012
Google co-founder Sergey Brin criticized China, Iran, entertainment companies, and Facebook for obstructing the openness of the Internet. He specifically targeted oppressive policy measures to censor content and the fact that Facebook's platform remains closed to Google's search crawls. Contemporary artist and...
ONI Blog: Sergey Brin criticizes China, Hollywood in interview on web freedom
In an exclusive interview with The Guardian UK, Google co-founder Sergey Brin criticized governments, companies, and industries for threatening free Internet activity. He called attention to China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and other countries with restrictive Internet policies as threats to the...
ONI Blog: Ai Weiwei Says Censorship in China Will Ultimately Fail
After being released from retainment last year, Ai Weiwei has published an op-ed criticizing Internet censorship by the Chinese Communist Party. The Guardian UK published a commentary titled "China's censorship can never defeat the internet" last Sunday by Ai. In criticizing...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: April 13, 2012
Iran's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has denied that they are planning a domestic intranet. In a statement, they claimed that rumors about an intranet were the result of hostile propaganda from the west. Major software and Internet companies have ...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: April 6, 2012
The House of Representatives proposed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. In what critics call the sequel to SOPA and PIPA, the bill if passed would allow Congress to circumvent privacy laws and monitor private Internet activity in attempts to...
ONI Blog: Threat to the Open Net: March 30, 2012
China removed all mentions of Bo Xilai on China's microblogging sites. After the CCP member was removed from his position as secretary of Chongqing municipality, Chinese microblogs blew up with discussions about the politician as well as rumors of unrest in...
ONI Blog: China Cracks Down on Weibo Discussions of Bo Xilai
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Chinese government is cracking down on Weibo again, this time in a more direct measure to prevent outlash against the removal of Chinese politican Bo Xilai from his Party position as secretary of Chongqing...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: March 2, 2012
Chinese users circumvent the Great Firewall to flood President Obama's Google+ campaign page with comment. Messages left included tongue-in-cheek references to the Occupy Wall Street movement, requests for green cards, and criticism of China's heavy-handed censorship practices. The Committee to Protect Journalists...
ONI Blog: Chinese Internet Users Flood Obama's Google+ Page After Finding Firewall Hole
After Chinese Internet users found a hole in the Great Firewall of China last week, many of them took advantage of the opportunity to visit President Obama's Google+ campaign page. On February 20, web users in the country noticed that Google+...