China

ONI Blog: Green Dam Goes Mobile?
Last year when China’s Ministry of Public Security announced a directive calling for the obligatory pre-installation of Internet filtering software on all computers sold in China, the public response was one of widespread concern and opposition. After pervasive criticism and resistance,...
ONI Blog: Official Google Blog Blocked from Baidu Search
Following Google's decision, published on the Official Google Blog, to stop filtering search results on Google.cn, it appears that the Great Firewall is blocking search results for "Google Blog." Foreign visitors to Baidu are not exempt from the blocking: If a...
ONI Blog: Google's China Decision Could Have Far-Reaching Implications
It has now been four years since Google announced its intent to censor search results in China. In January of 2006, after finding Google.com to be down about 10% of the time, Google made the now infamous decision to start...
ONI Blog: UN Security Forces Removal of ONI Poster
Whilst attending the Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the OpenNet Initiative (along with partners of ONI Asia) gathered to present their upcoming book, Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace. A poster advertising the...
ONI Blog: No more Namibia: China blocks search results for entire country
According to the Chinese government, Namibia — a southern African country with a population of 2 million — does not exist. Government censors ordered Chinese search engines to show no search results for the country's name this week, following a corruption...
ONI Blog: China shuts down Internet in Xinjiang region after riots
China has completely shut down Internet service in the autonomous region of Xinjiang after ethnic riots left at least 140 people dead and hundreds more injured. Twitter also appears to be blocked throughout the country. Government-owned news agency Xinhua is ...
ONI Blog: ONI Releases Reports on Filtering in Asia, China
New research from the OpenNet Initiative reveals accelerating restrictions on Internet content as Asian governments shift to next generation controls. These new techniques go beyond blocking access to websites and are more informal and fluid, implemented at edges of the network, and...
ONI Blog: U.S. software company says China stole Green Dam code
A California-based software company has accused a Chinese company of lifting parts of the Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software directly from its own CyberSitter program. Solid Oak Software Inc. claims that parts of the Green Dam code, including...
Report: Internet Filtering in China in 2006-2007
PDF Version Overview Note: a newer version of this profile is available at Country Profile: China. China continues to expand on one of the largest and most sophisticated filtering systems in the world, despite the government’s occasional denial that it restricts any Internet...
ONI Blog: OpenNet Initiative releases Green Dam evaluation
The news that China will begin requiring all computers sold in the country to include Internet filtering software has sparked waves of commentary on topics ranging from legal challenges to human rights issues to concerns about security and...