China’s Internet Policy & Legislation

The book featured seems like a good resource for people interested in the “latest” regulations placed on China’s internet and I.T. The book costs $280, but it might be worth the buy. Here is the foreword for the second volume, China’s Internet Policy and Legislation (Volume II) – Foreword. China’s Internet Policy and Legislation (Volume […]

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China forcing college grads to migrate to backward provinces

In what seems like a perverse way of bridging the digital divide, China, in an effort to transfer skilled workers from the the country’s cities to underdeveloped provinces, are forcing thousands of students to either find a job out in the poor provinces or be forced to move to Inner Mongolia. The article does not […]

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Head of Infosys predicts China will eclipse India’s IT

Narayana NR Murthy, the chairman of Infosys predicts that China’s investment in infrastructure will allow it to grow faster than India. Garner research predicts by 2007, China’s revenue from IT services will equal that of India at $27 billion USD. In the article by CNET, Murthy is quoted saying “We in India think that there […]

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Largest digital library opens in Beijing

The world’s largest Chinese digital library, a database containing over 12 million documents or 25 percent of China’s public information resources, opened on Saturday, November 8, 2003. The digital library aims to make it possible for users to share 80 percent of China’s intellectual resources through the Internet within three years. The database covers information […]

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Control of the Internet in China

I’ve just uploaded a document under this blog’s “Special Report” section about methods the Chinese government uses to control access and postings to the Internet by its citizens. It covers ISP and ICP legislation, crackdowns of Internet cafes, intimidation of citizens by arrests and surveillance, and China’s increasing ability to target search engine results and […]

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The best and worst countries for media corruption

According to a survey by the Institute for Public Relations in the US, China, followed by Saudi Arabia and Vietnam is ranked the worst country in the world for media corruption. Northern European countries such as Finland and Denmark top the survey list, which ranks countries in various categories such as the freedom of the […]

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Kentucky firm wins urban development project in Liaoning province

PlanGraphics Inc. has won a $2.1 million USD contract with the Liaoning province to develop an Urban Management Information System. Development will be focused in the cities of Shenyang, Panjin, and Yingkou. The implementation will rely heavily on using Geographic Information Systems and the Internet. Businesswire article.

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Censorship, Carelessness and Ignorance Spreads HIV in China

It’s predicted that by 2010, over 20 million people in China will be infected with the HIV virus. But the Chinese government is not educating its people about how to avoid this deadly disease: over 80% of its citizenry doesn’t know that condoms can prevent it. Chinese officials even filter out HIV information on the […]

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Fun And Games In China

Forbes reported that Online gaming companies are beginning to successfully get customers to pay their services. “Revenue in China for what is currently a nascent business is likely to quadruple from this year to about $1 billion in 2006”. Online games are likely to be played by a large number of people at any given […]

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Agenda for Internet governance summit up in air

AP reports about the first U.N. summit on information technology. Who controls the Internet and how richer nations should subsidize its growth in poorer countries are central issues dividing planners a month ahead of the world conference. More than 50 heads of state have confirmed their attendance at the Dec. 10-12 meeting in Geneva, but […]

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Oracle steps up R&D in China

Asia Computer Weekly reported from Hong Kong that Oracle has opened its second R&D facility in China, to offer more localised offerings to the Chinese and Japanese markets. The China Development Centre (CDC) is located in Beijing√≠s Zhongguancun Software Park. The first facility was opened in Shenzhen in June last year. Beside Oracle, software giant […]

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The Internet in India and China

Today we had discussed the issue of Digital divide on our class. One raised a question about India. Here is an article entitled The Internet in India and China . It should be useful for our discussion.

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China tackles unsafe health services on the web

Without a physical exam, doctors agree that it’s dangerous to obtain prescribed drugs or a medical diagnosis. Yet many people are going on the Internet to do just that. China’s officials are trying to combat this by outlawing “online diagnosis and treatment sites”, according to this article at

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Microsoft expands Asia Research Center

Microsoft is adding another 80 software developers to Microsoft Research Asia located in Beijing. The goal is to shorten the product development cycle from idea to product. Some products that are being developed in Beijing are text to speech software, a “smart watch” with news and email, and a universal pen that stores written information. […]

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