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Report: China's Green Dam: The Implications of Government Control Encroaching on the Home PC
To view this bulletin as a PDF, click here. Executive Summary A recent directive by the Chinese government requires the installation of a specific filtering software product, Green Dam, with the publicly stated intent of protecting children from harmful Internet content. The proposed...
ONI Blog: China censors light-colored nude photos; darker skin gets through filter
The latest news in the world of Internet censorship is about China's Green Dam software, which ostensibly protects Chinese children by filtering out pornographic Web sites. The OpenNet Initiative reported on the software yesterday. China has recently announced that...
ONI Blog: China to require Web filters on all PCs
Less than a week after blocking access to a host of prominent web services in preparation for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, multiple media sources are reporting that on July 1 China will begin requiring all computers...
ONI Blog: China blocks Twitter, Hotmail, Flickr before Tiananmen anniversary
In preparation for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Thursday, China has blocked access to Twitter, Hotmail, Flickr, MSN Spaces and several other web services, reports the Times Online. The Internet crackdown, which began at 5pm local time on...
ONI Blog: Baidu's List of Censored Search Terms
China’s New Tang Dynasty Television has obtained a list of the words censored by Baidu.com, China’s largest search engine, according to reports in The Epoch Times. The list contains thirteen categories of politically sensitive words, including those related to...
ONI Blog: Google confirms YouTube blocked in China
Google officially confirmed today that YouTube has been blocked in China, from a steep drop in traffic on the evening of March 23 to “near zero” by March 24. Since March 23, 146 reports of YouTube's inaccessibility have streamed into...
ONI Blog: Variation in Blogging Censorship in China
A recent report on user-generated content on social media and blogging platforms in China reveals that there is variation in censorship levels across fifteen different blogging platforms according to a paper by Berkman affiliate Rebecca MacKinnon. The report, “China’s Censorship 2.0: How...
ONI Blog: Google China and Baidu Apologize, Agree to Cooperate with Chinese Filtration
According to reports in the Register, three of China’s most popular search engines, including Google China and Baidu, have apologized for being slow to remove links to pornographic websites. This news comes in the wake of China’s pledge...
ONI Blog: China's latest Internet crackdown
This blog post was originally posted at Rebecca MacKinnon's blog, RConversation, and is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license. Seven different government agencies, including the Ministry of Public Security and the State Council Information Office declared war on Internet...
ONI Blog: China restores blocks on foreign websites
According to New York Times and BBC news reports, the Chinese government has begun to reinvigorate its filtration of foreign websites, including bans on BBC’s Chinese language website and Voice of America in Chinese. This censorship comes in...