China

ONI Blog: Studying Chinese blog censorship
On Thursday this past week, Beijing-based lawyer-blogger Liu Xiaoyuan won Deutsche Welle's annual prize for the Best Chinese Blog. Then on Friday he discovered that the parallel blog he keeps at Sohu.com had been taken down. Fortunately, being a...
ONI Blog: Firefox Add-On Allows Users to Experience Chinese Internet Censorship
Anyone who has followed OpenNet Initiative's research or even the mainstream media knows it's no secret that China filters the Internet. China has made headlines time and again for its pervasive policies toward censorship. In 2006, Nart Villeneuve of ONI partner...
ONI Blog: China Enacts More Filtering Measures
According to Beijing news reports, Chinese government has enacted further measures to enforce cyber-surveillance of Internet cafés. In this “Big Brother-style system,” these users will be required to have their mugshots taken and their ID card swiped in all of...
ONI Blog: ONI Affiliate Reveals Chinese Surveillance of Skype Messages
Groundbreaking research by an ONI affiliate made major news today. Nart Villeneuve, a fellow at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, revealed in a joint Information Warfare Monitor/ONI Asia report Wednesday TOM-Skype, a special software for using Skype in...
ONI Blog: Apple's iTunes store reported blocked in China
The Sydney Morning Herald is among the first to report that Apple's iTunes store is blocked in some parts of China. Although Apple's China website is accessible, an attempt to access the iTunes store from an Internet connection in Beijing...
ONI Blog: The Catch-22 of protests and surveillance
The Washington Post points out that “in an age of cellphone cameras and YouTube,” Chinese police have exercised restraint in using physical force to stop foreign protesters. So far, foreign-led protests have even achieved a fair measure of media coverage,...
ONI Blog: ONI analysis of Internet filtering during Beijing Olympic Games: Week 1
ONI compared data from the Olympics Main Press Center (MPC) to that from other locations in Beijing, compiling a snapshot of Internet filtering in China leading up to week 1 of the Olympics. Journalists’ access is home access For each test at the MPC,...
ONI Blog: At Liu Xiang’s departure, Chinese netizens receive validation as the court of public opinion
The press conference held shortly after injured Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang dropped out of the Olympics on August 18 was broadcast on all 5 CCTV channels dedicated to Games-related coverage. Since his surprise win in the 110-meter hurdles at...
ONI Blog: Claims of wiping fakery from the Chinese Internet
The Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on August 8 has been revealed to have had its share of special effects (or fakery as some have called it). On August 8, Xinhua claimed that 9-year old Lin Miaoke had "lent her voice" to "Sing...
ONI Blog: Unlike athletes, Chinese media held to different standards during Olympics
In the category of downplaying negative news about its home turf, the China Media Project has awarded the Chinese media the gold. Apparently this is not only common practice for CCTV basketball commentators; print media buried news about the...