Wikipedia Co-Founder Refuses to Comply With Censorship

While in Hong Kong for the annual Wikimania conference, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales told the Wall Street Journal that he will not censor his site in order to enter China: Since early June, in the lead-up to the anniversary...

China and Japan Trade Accusations Over Radar Lock

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned a Chinese vessel’s use of targeting radar against a Japanese destroyer last week, warning that such actions risk sparking conflict over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. From John...

It’s Tricky for Wikis and Online Encyclopedias in China

There’s stiff competition for Wikipedia in China with domestic Hudong and Baidu Baike currently outranking the formerly blocked website. Lara Farrar from CNN reports on the Great Firewall, censorship, and the difference in...

China Allows Access To English Wikipedia

From Reuters: Chinese authorities appeared to have lifted a block on the English-language version of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, but politically sensitive topics such as Tibet and Tiananmen Square are still off limits....

Baidu’s Censored Answer to Wikipedia – Eva Woo

“The Chinese search engine’s Baike online encyclopedia blocks politically sensitive entries; some say it condones plagiarism and copyright abuse.” From The Business Week: Baidu (BIDU) is best known as the leading Internet search engine in China, where it’s far ahead of Silicon Valley’s Google (GOOG). But Baidu, based in Beijing, also provides a number of […]

Chinese-Language Wikipedia Presents Different View of History – Howard W. French

From the International Herald Tribune: In recent weeks, the Chinese government has demonstrated its hostility toward the emergence of a credible source of reference material that escapes its control by frequently blocking access to Wikipedia, whose Chinese version, though still far smaller than its English-language counterpart, is growing by leaps and bounds. But on sensitive […]

Online Encyclopedia Offline in China – Gillian Wong

From AP: China’s easing of a ban on the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia appears to have been short-lived. Users reported Friday that the site was unavailable in several parts of China, barely a week after it suddenly became accessible. It wasn’t immediately clear if user-contributed encyclopedia was unreachable due to technical glitches or because government […]



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