China commercializes own advanced CPU

China is projected to be th second largest integrated circuit (IC) market in the world by 202, but the country wants to be a big producer of IC as well. Several domestic universities are already doing research in the area, and Beijing University just announced China’s first advanced CPU has been developed at the university’s […]

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IFEX resource center for WSIS now online

The International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) has posted a special section on their Web site devoted to the World Summit on Information Society, which is currently under way in Geneva. The IFEX site contains resources and articles about the Internet, journalism ethics, censorship and other issues in an effort to “represent a cross-section of […]

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More Accurate Information on China’s Surfers?

” Each click on the pages will be recorded in the company’s database, while the firm will also conduct off-line samples research to get the detailed information of the visitors, such as their sex, age, income and profession.” This quote is from a news article on Eastbay.com, the official Shanghai Daily’s English website yesterday. Here […]

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Nokia’s Chinese Input phone

Nokia’s 6108 is a new design that includes handwriting input. It is similar in form to the other Nokia 6000 models but is slightly thicker (8.8mm). I was able to find one review on this phone which states that the handwriting recognition software is too slow to be effective. The device does come with a […]

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SMS control in China

Australia’s The Age reports on China’s screening of SMS messages. The article states that “Any phone sending out more than 100 text messages an hour will be pinpointed by screening software and the contents read by officials within 15 minutes.” This action was spurred on by the group Falun Gong’s usage of SMS to communicate […]

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Chinese Government Supports Online Game Industry

Chinadaily published a news report from Xinhua today on China’s online game industry. The report said that China game industry were expected to make US$250 million this year. Here are some quotes from the report: “The companies are riding the surging popularity of online games among an estimated 40 million of China’s 78 million Internet […]

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Cyber-dissident in solitary confinement

Web activist Huang Qi was temporarily moved into solitary confinement recently following an attempted visit to him by French media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. The Chinese government imprisoned Huang Qi over two years ago for allowing his website to become a forum for political and religious dialogue. In recent months, China has intensified attacks on […]

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Who Wins and Who Loses as Jobs Move Overseas?

The outsourcing of jobs to China and India has moved to new levels, affecting white collar workers in information technology who’ve traditionally felt invulnerable to the same plight that affected the manufacturing industry. This trend is fraught with thorny issues on all sides. No one can claim definitively that the professional jobs lost in the […]

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China Uses its Own Encryption Standards for Wireless Networks

Here is a report from Seattlepi entitled “China pushes network encryption standards” It said “China has ordered equipment makers to use the country’s own encryption standards for wireless networks, ensuring stronger government control and giving domestic manufacturers a slight respite from some foreign competition. The new rules, which took effect Monday, apply to manufacturers at […]

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China’s Internet censors under fire

A group of Paried-based reporter tried to convince 14 Internet and computer companies such as Cisco, Microsoft and Yahoo not to sell technology or equipment that help Chinese government to monitor the Internet and censor information online. It remains to be seen how successful it will be.

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German leader urges China to relax internet restrictions

During his visit to China this week, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said China should provide unfettered internet access to natives and foreigners alike. He also took the opportunity to champion Beijing’s “One-China policy,” which contends that Taiwan is subordinate to China. Aside from sharing his stance on these aspects of Chinese policy, Schroeder visited Guangzhou […]

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High speed Net via power lines to come to rural China

The Chinese government is planning to provide Internet access via power lines to rural areas in the west of the country, according to an article in the South China Morning Post (registration required). A trial will be carried out in 10,000 households in Beijing and then implemented in the western provinces, where most households don’t […]

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Motorola may partner with Chinese firms to build 3G phones

China’s mobile handset market is crowded and fiercely competitive with thinning margins. Now the manufacturers are looking at the 3G phones. While China is still considering which 3G standard to adopt, Motorola announced it would partner with Chinese companies to develop phones based on China’s home-grown standard TD-SCDMA.

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