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  • China disrupts Google services ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre June 2, 2014

    Beijing: Google services are being disrupted in China ahead of this week's 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on prodemocracy demonstrators around Beijing's Tiananmen Square, a censorship watchdog said on Monday. GreatFire.org said in a blog post that the government appeared to have begun targeting Google's main search engine and Gmail,...
  • China claims to have 'cleaned' the Internet with crackdown on rumour November 29, 2013

    Beijing: China's campaign against online rumours, which critics say is crushing free speech, has been highly successful in "cleaning" the Internet, a top official of the country's Internet regulator said on Thursday. China has the world's most sophisticated online censorship system, known outside the country as the Great Firewall. It blocks...
  • How different countries restrict the Internet December 15, 2012

    Dubai: Envoys in Dubai signed a new UN telecommunications treaty on Friday that a USled delegation says endorses greater government control of the Internet. The US and more than 20 other countries refused to ratify the accord by the 193nation International Telecommunications Union. Here is a look at Internet restrictions and...
  • Eurozone builds financial firewall for Spain, Italy March 31, 2012

    Berlin: The eurozone nations have reached a deal to build up a massive 800billioneuro (around $1.1 trillion) financial firewall to prevent the twoyearold sovereign debt crisis from engulfing larger economies such as Spain and Italy. The finance ministers of the 17 nations using the single currency agreed on Friday at the...
  • Chinese relish crack in the Great Firewall February 29, 2012

    Shanghai: Some Chinese Internet users have this week been able to access blocked websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, relishing the newfound freedom although the reason for the breach in China's Great Firewall of censorship was a mystery. China blocks most foreign social networking sites (SNS) out of fear that...
  • Beijing tightens controls over microblogs December 16, 2011

    Beijing: The Beijing city government said on Friday it would tighten control over popular microblogs that have vexed authorities with their rapid dissemination of news, giving users three months to register with their real names or face legal consequences. China has repeatedly criticized microblogs for irresponsibly spreading what it calls unfounded...
  • China shuts 50 microblogs for porn, vulgarity October 31, 2011

    Beijing: China has shut 50 microblogs for distributing pornography and carrying "vulgar content", state media said on Monday, as the government steps up monitoring of the internet. "The microblogs were shut down for violations that include carrying pornographic images and videos, information for prostitution, as well as illegal advertising for sexrelated...
  • China vows stricter controls on social media October 26, 2011

    Beijing/Shanghai: China will intensify controls of online social media and instant messaging tools, the ruling Communist Party said in an agendasetting document that marks the government's highestlevel reaction so far to the explosive growth of microblogs. Beijing's vow to strengthen Internet administration and promote content acceptable to the ruling party appeared...
  • Baidu, China sued for Internet censorship May 19, 2011

    New York: Eight New York residents sued Baidu Inc and the People's Republic of China on Wednesday, accusing China's biggest search engine of conspiring with the country's government to censor prodemocracy speech. The lawsuit claims violations of the US Constitution and according to the plaintiffs' lawyer is the first of its...
  • China sets up agency to tighten grip on Internet May 5, 2011

    Beijing: China announced a new State Internet Information Office on Wednesday to unify the squabbling agencies that oversee the Chinese Internet, which Beijing views as both a potential gold mine and a political threat. The State Internet Information Office appears intended to help improve coordination and rivalry among the dozen or...
  • China shuts over 60,000 porn websites in 2010 December 30, 2010

    Beijing: China shut down more than 60,000 pornographic websites this year, netting almost 5,000 suspects in the process, a government spokesman said on Thursday, vowing no letup in its campaign against material deemed obscene. Beijing has run a highly publicised drive against what officials said was smutty and lewd content overwhelming...
  • Facebook eyeing to reconnect with China? December 23, 2010

    Beijing: Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg met with some of China's top technology leaders, fuelling speculation about the social networking website's ambitions to enter the country's market where it is censored. Zuckerberg Wednesday visited the offices of Sina Corp., a leading Chinese web portal, and met with its CEO...
  • Google says China search block may be a tech glitch July 30, 2010

    San Francisco: Google Inc said its earlier report that Internet search services in China were being fully blocked could have been the result of a technical glitch that overstated the problem. Google shares pared losses to 1 percent from a 1.6 percent decline earlier on Thursday after the company said on...
  • China may shut porn fiction websites July 16, 2010

    Shanghai: China's press watchdog has threatened to shut down more than 120 websites offering pornographic fiction, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday. An official with the General Administration of Press and Publication said websites which failed to remove the content would be taken offline. The crackdown comes as China continues...
  • Dozens of outspoken, popular blogs shut in China July 16, 2010

    Beijing: Dozens of blogs by some of China's most outspoken users have been abruptly shut down while popular Twitterlike services appear to be the newest target in government efforts to control social networking. More and more Chinese bloggers are using the newer microblogs as their primary publishing tool, using their brief,...
  • China clamps down on Twitter clones: reports July 14, 2010

    Shanghai: Chinese social networking websites that provide Twitterlike services have suddenly reverted to testing mode and access has been spotty amid reports of a government clampdown. Although Twitter has been banned for more than a year in China, Chinese Internet companies have been quick to fill the void, providing microblogging services...
  • China stops funding Green Dam web filter July 14, 2010

    Hong Kong: Developers of China's Green Dam Internet filter have not received government funding in the past year, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday, placing in doubt the future of the muchcriticised software. China delayed indefinitely the plan to force PC manufacturers to bundle the Green Dam software with computers sold...
  • US uses Facebook to sow unrest: Chinese think tank July 10, 2010

    Beijing: A Chinese governmentbacked think tank has accused the US and other Western governments of using socialnetworking sites such as Facebook to spur political unrest and called for steppedup scrutiny of the wildly popular sites. As China's online population the world's largest surges past the 400 million mark, its...
  • China vows no letup to state control of Internet June 8, 2010

    Beijing: China will not ease state control over what can be said online and will brook no foreign criticism of its rules, according to a government white paper released on Tuesday after months of wrangling about freedoms for Web users. A very public spat with Internet giant Google Inc earlier this...
  • Here's how you can bypass bans on websites February 25, 2008

    New Delhi: YouTube has been pulled off in Pakistan, and how! According to the BBC, Pakistan accidentally crashed YouTube's international servers on Sunday, so no one in the world could access it for over an hour. For most Pakistanis though, logging on is still not an option. However, for the more...