China

ONI Blog: Julian Assange Publicly Criticizes Chinese Government for Censorship
Last week, Julian Assange lashed out against the Chinese government for their online censorship practices to a British magazine. In an interview with The New Statesman, The director of WikiLeaks called China the "technological enemy" of the whistle-blowing website, ...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: Week of 12/6/2010
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative will provide a weekly roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") on our blog, in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for the entire blog or...
ONI Blog: Intermediary Censorship of Wikileaks On the Rise
The list of private companies that have in some way refused access or support to Wikileaks is growing: as of December 6, the tally included Amazon, EveryDNS, PayPal, and Tableau Software; French hosting company OVH also appears to have shut down...
ONI Blog: Google CEO Criticizes Chinese Internet Censorship
Last week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt criticized the Chinese government’s continued efforts to censor Internet content in the country at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Calling attention to a year-long dispute between Google and China concerning search...
ONI Blog: Amazon’s Kindle Bypasses the Great Firewall of China
The South China Morning Post recently reported that Kindle users can access banned websites in mainland China from the device. With Amazon’s electronic book gadget, Kindle users can now visit Facebook and Twitter, both currently blocked by the Chinese government....
ONI Blog: Older Generation of Chinese Politicians Seek to End Censorship
For the younger demographics living in China during the age of social media and online networking, Facebook, Twitter, and numerous other Web 2.0 sites remain inaccessible to them. But it may be an older generation that will change that for...
ONI Blog: Chinese Plans To Deanonymize The Internet
Despite the press attention being thrown at the China/Google relationship, there has been another issue in China brewing a little more subtly in the background that may cause further open access issues in a nation already struggling with Internet freedom. News stories...
ONI Blog: China's White Paper on the Internet and Internet Sovereignty
In the wake of China’s first white paper on the Internet, a new idea has emerged that has been receiving little press, but deserves substantial discussion and debate. This idea is national Internet sovereignty. The new concept creates a...
ONI Blog: China Blocks Foursquare, Unblocks Porn
A year ago this week, I wrote about how China was cracking down on social media sites in preparation for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square. This year, government censors are taking a different tack, making a flood of...
ONI Blog: Google.cn Redirects to Hong Kong...For Now
In January of 2010, following attacks on Google's corporate infrastructure originating from China, Google made the fateful decision to stop censoring results on its Chinese-language Google.cn site. Just a few days ago, Google finally made good on its promise, shutting down...