Chinese Internet dissident arrested

This story broke on Yahoo! News at 9pm today. Details are a little light but so far a chinese government official from Dazhou has been arrested on charges that he was communicating with dissidents abroad on Internet chatrooms. Article from Yahoo!

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IT investment in China by Cisco

Cisco is making it’s presence in the Chinese market by winning the contract to upgrade the backbone communications infrastructure of Sinopec, China’s Petroleum & Chemical Corporation. One interesting quote in the article from was that Sinopec’s decision to go with Cisco was the global expertise which was important to the company in its “move […]

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The 2nd most popular thing on the internet

Just as in the fledgling years of the internet in the United States, China’s usage of the web for pornography is causing a huge swell in internet portal companies such as, Sina Corp. and NetEase. This article also mixes in some of the additional services that these portals provide such as matchmaking using the […]

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China invests in EU’s satellite netork

US has GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. EU is developing its own, called Gallieo system. now China joins in the project, and will invest 230 million euros. the whole network will consist 30 satellites, expected total...

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Internet Filtering In China

Considerable human and technical resources have been applied to filtering the Internet in China by the Chinese government. These filters are updated constantly, as evidenced by “high-profile sites” (like CNN) that are not always blocked. Furthermore, blocking is achieved primarily at the “router level, and on the basis of IP address”, which can cause a […]

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Red Flag Linux More Secure Than Microsoft O/S?

When the Chinese government chose to adopt Red-Flag Linux–an open source computer operating system–vice closed source operating systems supplied by Microsoft, it may have chosen the most bug-free product. A recent study posted by concludes that open source software is more secure. Source at

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The Qwerty Keyboard Impacts Culture in China

Years of computer-use may be eroding the ability to write the Chinese language by hand. Though this phenomenon hasn’t been formally studied, it is widely talked about in China, and some are concerned that this is a cultural loss. The cause of this concern is use of a “Roman alphabet keyboard.” Source at NY Times

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list of sites for news on china internet

simply googling “china internet” yielded an incredible amount of results. obviously, this is a hot topic. and obviously, there is no one good site to go to. i did not go through the weblogs that john posted, trying to focus more on news websites/publications/research groups. i tried to not list the usual sites that people […]

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Chinese Media and the Information Revolution

Chinese Media and the Information Revolution by Shanthi Kalathil In July 2001, a small tin mine in Guangxi province flooded, trapping and killing scores of miners. What followed became emblematic of a growing trend in China. Amplified by the information revolution, the story itself became the story. Neighborhood media outlets, cowed into silence by local […]

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Making Internet Chinese

‘Why We Want to Make the Internet Chinese’ Guangming Daily (government-owned), Beijing, China, Sept. 3, 2003 Zhou Hongyi, CEO of 3721, demonstrates his company’s flagship product, software that allows users to type Chinese characters directly on the Internet (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP-Getty Images). The latest buzzword in the ever-changing world of the Chinese Internet is “thorough […]

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Notel expands Chinese Presence

Notel is significantly expanding their presents in China, embarking $200 million over the next three years. The canidian’s largest telecom equipment maker sees China as the most important market and a source for technology talent. according to ottawa business journal’s report.

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Yunnan villagers get cameras

A SIMS student posted the following article. Although not about high-tech development, it shows the stark contrast of the digital divide China. On one hand we have all these developments, then on the country side, they’re just starting to use cameras. It makes one wonder how technology is changing societal structures in China. if it’s […]

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