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Google Removes Search Filter Notification

In May, Google users in China who searched politically sensitive terms discovered a new feature when they used the search engine: a pop-up notice informing them why their search yields no results, and that the filtering is out...

Yahoo! Dissident Wang Xiaoning to be Released

Wang Xiaoning is to be released from prison on Friday following a ten-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” in a series of online essays. Wang was one of around 60 people prosecuted on the basis of...

‘The Good Wife’ Recap: Great Walls of Fire

The U.S. TV drama The Good Wife took on the Great Firewall in an episode last night. The full episode is embedded below. The Los Angeles Times gives a recap: In Tuesday’s episode, Will asks for Alicia’s assistance...

Yahoo Asks US Gov’t to Help Dissidents

Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang has written to Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice, asking the U.S. government to demand the release of two Chinese dissidents, Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning, who were both imprisoned after Yahoo! supplied...

Yahoo Settles with Chinese Writers – Sarah Lai Stirland

Yahoo! has reached a settlement in the case of writers Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning, who were imprisoned after Yahoo! handed over their personal information to Chinese authorities. From Wired: Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed. But a source at Yahoo said the company has been “working with the families, and we’re working with them […]

Running Aground on the Ethical Shoals: Jerry Yang Meets Shi Tao’s Mother – RFA

From RFA Unplugged blog: Yahoo’s chief executive Jerry Yang and executive vice president Michael Callahan faced a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing in Washington yesterday over providing misleading information to Congress last year as part of an investigation into the company’s role in disclosing former journalist and cyberdissident Shi Tao’s identity to Chinese authorities. […]

Yahoo Criticized in Case of Jailed Dissident – Dibya Sarkar

From AP: Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang testified to lawmakers on Tuesday that the company has been “open and forthcoming” about its role in a Chinese government investigation that led in 2005 to a journalist’s imprisonment. “We have answered every question, provided every requested piece of information and worked with you in good faith,” […]

Yahoo In Apology On China – Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Mure Dickie

From Financial Times: A top Yahoo official who has come under fire for the company’s role in the 2004 imprisonment of a dissident in China apologised on Thursday for failing to tell US lawmakers that Yahoo knew more about the case than he initially acknowledged in testimony last year. Michael Callahan, Yahoo’s executive vice president […]

Yahoo Summoned To Washington Over Chinese Arrests – Elinor Mills

From CNet News.com Blog: The chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee is summoning Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang to Washington to talk about “how the Internet company gave false information to Congress about its role in a human rights case in China that sent a journalist to jail for a decade,” according to […]

Yahoo Says Just Following Lawful China Orders, Sir – Dan Harris

The China Law Blog has uploaded a PDF copy of the motion-to-dismiss brief Yahoo! filed in U.S. Federal Court yesterday in an effort to avoid a lawsuit over the company’s provision of user information to the Chinese government. The file comes with commentary from blog co-founder Dan Harris: The brief was so long that to […]

U.S. to Probe Yahoo in Chinese Reporter Arrest – Foster Klug

From AP, via MSNBC.com: Congressional investigators plan to look into whether Yahoo officials misrepresented the Internet company’s role in the arrest of a Chinese journalist sentenced to a decade in jail. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Tom Lantos ordered the investigation after a human rights group released a document that it said raised questions about what […]

More Yahoo! China Documents Emerge – Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon again posts commentary on new documents (originally posted by Duihua Foundation) showing that Yahoo employees knew they were dealing with political charges when they handed over personal information that landed Yahoo users Shi Tao and Wang Xiaoning in jail. She also responds to comments from Roland Soong at ESWN: I don’t think it […]

Shi Tao’s Case: Yahoo! Knew More Than They Claimed – Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon posts excerpts of a document sent to Yahoo!’s Beijing office from the Beijing State Security Bureau requesting information about Yahoo! user Shi Tao, who is now serving a ten-year sentence for revealing state secrets. As Rebecca points out, the document (originally translated and posted by the Duihua Foundation) specifically says the investigation concerns […]

Yahoo’s China Policy Rejected – BBC

Amidst much criticism for cooperating with the Chinese government in internet censorship, and facing a lawsuit from jailed journalist Shi Tao for turning over information that helped convict him, Yahoo released a statement on Monday expressing dismay “that citizens in China have been imprisoned for expressing their political views on the Internet.” But proposals to […]

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