Green Dam



Xu Zhiyong Held Overnight, Released

NPR’s Louisa Lim reports that rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong has returned home after being held overnight “to prevent him from petitioning [the] education bureau with non-Beijing parents”. Rumours of his detention,...

With A Whimper And Not A Bang

ESWN translates a Beijing Times article that marks the death of the Green Dam filtering software experiment: Last Friday, a mysterious person tipped us that the office of the Green Dam-Youth Escort Software Project in the...

China’s Web Crackdown Continues

In the Wall Street Journal, Gordon Crovitz, former publisher of The Wall Street Journal, writes: China is doing its best to remind us that technology can also be a tool of suppression, with Beijing recommitting to censoring its...

Evan Osnos: Top Ten China Myths of 2009

On his New Yorker blog, Evan Osnos parses out ten myths about China that were in circulation this year, including: Chinese Web users have no impact on the government. Fact: In June, China unveiled plans to require all new...

Han Han: Finding Happiness by Being Different

It is interesting that the official agency Xinhua runs a story on Han Han (in English only), who has openly criticized the censorship system, Green Dam and “Dofu-built schools.” When racing driver Han Han flipped the...

Washington Post: China’s Great Firewall

The Washington Post published an editorial Monday about the demise of Green Dam: LAST THURSDAY, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced its withdrawal of requirements that Green Dam Internet...

China Warms to New Credo: Business First

From the New York Times: Beijing has a global footprint now, a consequence of its booming domestic growth and breakneck international expansion. And decisions that once were made on purely parochial grounds — like censoring Web...

Minister: China Won’t Force Internet Filter

From Wall Street Journal: China’s industry minister Li Yizhong said Thursday that China won’t force the mass installation of the Green Dam Internet filtering software on personal computers and other consumer...

The Net Revolution: Chinese Netizens vs. Green Dam

Written by Willy Lam, Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation, from China Brief: Celebrations that Beijing has bowed to global pressure and scrapped an order to use filtering software in all personal computers have turned out...

Phelim Kine: Leaning on the Dragon

Written by Phelim Kine, Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch, from New York Times: Who says the Chinese government isn’t susceptible to pressure? Its last-minute suspension of an order requiring the pre-installation of...

PC Makers Offer China Internet Filter

From AFP: Several PC makers said Friday they were voluntarily including China’s controversial Internet filter software in new shipments despite Beijing’s decision to postpone making it mandatory. The government had...

Chinese Netizens Celebrate Green Dam Delay

From the Chosun Ilbo: Many Internet users in China are celebrating after Beijing delayed implementing its order that Internet-blocking software be installed in all new computers. News of the delay turned a scheduled Internet...



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