Glenn Tiffert

2003: 60% Growth in Web Sites (State Council)

April 1, 2004 According to a report written by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) and issued by the State Council, China had roughly 600,000 approved web sites by the end of 2003, representing a 60.3% increase over the previous year. However, the report notes significant regional disparities in web site development. The comparatively […]

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China Seeks to Name Asteroid After Copyrighted Taikonaut (BBC)

April 1, 2004 According to the BBC, “A Chinese observatory is hoping to give the ultimate accolade to the country’s first man in space, Yang Liwei, after proposing to name an asteroid after the 38-year-old fighter pilot.” In an interesting twist on Chinese intellectual property law, “his image, name and signature have also been copyrighted […]

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Reporters Without Borders announces prizes for online repression (Press Release)

March 26, 2004 The France-based NGO, Reporters Without Borders, has issued an “awards list” for those countries practicing “online repression.” China wins its grand prize, though notably a number of Western nations, including the United States, Canada and France are listed as being on “probation.” Regarding China, Reporters Without Borders, notes: “Golden Palm¬†: China An […]

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The Web Won’t Topple Tyranny (New Republic)

March 25, 2004 In a provocative piece, Joshua Kurlantzick of the New Republic challenges the argument that the Internet is a powerful force for democracy. Instead he argues that the Internet has turned out to be a paper tiger against tyranny and authoritarian regimes, and that it may actually help to strengthen them. He insists […]

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