The Internet’s role in media freedom

An op-ed in today’s Boston Globe puts the issue of Internet censorship in a global perspective, and points China out for special mention. The piece concludes: “The Russian authorities, like the Chinese or the Tunisians, could have followed Cuba’s example and shut off all public access to the Internet. But that would be tantamount to […]

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Shares of Chinadotcom Surged

Here is a new article from smartmoney.com, MAO MUST BE turning in his grave. It says “shares of Chinadotcom (CHINA ) surged 11% to $8.67 after the Chinese technology provider announced plans to spin off its mobile and Internet businesses. The Hong Kong-based company expects to hold an initial public offering sometime during the first […]

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Kristof’s Observation

Nicholas Kristof had a column on NYT today, started from his experiment/experience in Chinese chat rooms. He tried several versions of criticism on Wen Jiabao to test the tolerance of China’s online censors. His conclusion? “…that’s (the Internet) the frontier of free speech in China in the information age, and it reflects real progress. ” […]

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China’s E-People

“Twenty-five percent of Chinese city dwellers (especially small cities) are regular Internet users… Nearly 85% of them were below the age of 35. ” This is from the recent CINNIC survey. Xinhua’s English site China View had a article entitled “2003: Lifestyles of the young.” Here are some quotes from it. “The ever-expanding group of […]

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Photos of Poor

This is not about Internet, but China. I got up early this morning (5 am) and the first unopened email in my mailbox was this link, sent from an emailing list I subscribed. It is a collection of photographs of poor and disadvantaged people in China, posted in one of the China’s literature BBSs. I […]

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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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