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Chinese Censorship

China's Fifty Cent Party for Internet Propaganda

Usha Haley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Usha Haley

China is not the only country in the world to employ cyber police. But the scale of China's efforts is staggering, and social media now comprises the dominant online activity in China.

Twitterpated: Censoring 140 Characters

John Wagner Givens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Wagner Givens

How far has political discourse fallen that 140 characters, in a language as concise as Chinese, is considered sufficient space to provide political commentary that is not only worth reading, but worth censoring?

Yu Jie: Dissident Chinese Author Taken Away By Police

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BEIJING (AP) - A best-selling author and essayist who is a fierce critic of the Communist Party was taken into custody by police on Monday for reasons...

Isn't the UFC About Fighting? No Spine Here!

Heidiminx | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Heidiminx

While in India, I'm still amazed how useful Facebook is for news. Similar to my Michael Vick post, I became aware of ridiculous cowtowing via a FaceBo...

China's Google Syndrome

Libby Liu | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Libby Liu

So successful is China's model of internet censorship that other authoritarian governments strive to emulate it. And Google's move brings attention to this reality.

Google's Decision Shows New Trend In Western Reluctance to "Kowtow" to China

washingtonpost.com | John Pomfret | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The showdown between Google and the world's most populous country marks a turning point in one of the great alliances of the late 20th century -- the ...

Google vs. Confucius

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Nicolas Berggruen

China may have invented the first printing press in 593 and published the first woodblock-printed newspaper in 713. But in 2010 it wants to curb the newest information innovation led by Google.

Coca-Cola Co. Denies Involvement in Murder and Rape, Blames "U.S. Judicial System"

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Michael Johnson

Coca-Cola has long marketed itself as synonymous with American values. But after recent allegations that it covered up acts of murder and rape at a Guatemalan subsidiary, Coca Cola may face up to justice.

21st Century Citizenship

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

The concept and practice of 21st century statecraft will have profound implications for how we think of ourselves as citizens -- of both our own country and of the digital world we increasingly inhabit.

Open Letter To James Cameron: Fairness For Visual Effects Artists

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lee Stranahan

Visual effects artists typically work with no contract, no paid vacation, no benefits, and often no paid overtime. And because of the nature of the work health problems are common.

More Power to Google in China: Why Does US-Backed Baidu.com Get a Pass?

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Peter Scheer

Baidu is often described in the press as China's "home-grown" internet portal. But its stock trades on the NASDAQ exchange. And it is today majority-owned by institutional investors with names like Fidelity and Morgan Stanley.

Frankfurt Book Fair Official Fired For Treatment Of Chinese

The New York Times | STEVEN ERLANGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Frankfurt Book Fair, which struggled to find a balance between free speech and honoring China as its featured country, dismissed its project manag...

President Obama: Don't Lecture China on Censorship

Dave Lindorff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Lindorff

The president himself has gone to court to prevent the release of photographs of US troops torturing captives in Iraq, Afghanistan and at Guantanamo. Talk about censorship!

Liu Xiaobo Imprisonment: Edward Albee, E.L. Doctorow And Other Writers Gather To Protest

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Major writers will gather in New York this morning to call for the release of Chinese writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo. On Christmas Day, Liu Xiaobo w...

Frankfurt Book Fair: Deals, E-Books, China, Mandela

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Frankfurt Book Fair has been going on this week, and it's brought news, controversy, and excitement galore with it. The choice of China for guest ...

Do the Right Thing: Google Chooses Freedom of Speech Over Profits

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

If we learned anything from the global credit debacles, it's that there's a boundary where we value more important things than business. I'm glad to see Google draw the line in front of free speech.

Threatened Voices Charts Bloggers Under Attack Around The World

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Blogging from a fancy office in Soho, it is easy to forget how dangerous it can be for bloggers around the world to do their work. But just last month...

My Voice

Xiaoda Xiao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Xiaoda Xiao

Under the strict censorship regulations of the current regime in China, the publication of any literary work that shows signs of penetrating in depth, or exposing the reality of prison life is forbidden.

Writer Liu Xiaobo Release from China Demanded By Congress

PEN American Center | Larry Siems | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

New York City, October 2, 2009--Calling yesterday's near-unanimous vote approving a Congressional resolution demanding the immediate release of critic...

How Beijing Butchered Sean Penn's "Commie, Homo-Loving" Oscar Speech

David Flumenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Flumenbaum

Around Asia, mentions of "gay" or "lesbian" were muted out of the Oscars broadcast. But the award for the most creative censorship method goes to China's CCTV for its work during Sean Penn's speech.

Bearing Witness 2.0: You Can't Spin 10,000 Tweets and Camera Phone Uploads

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

When deadly riots broke out in China last week, the Chinese government sprang into message control mode. It choked off the Internet, blocked Twitter, and deleted updates and videos from social networking sites. At the same time, it invited foreign journalists to take a tour of the area. The Chinese have clearly learned the lessons of Iran. READ MORE Shattering the Right vs. Left Prism Once Again: The Wall Street Journal Goes After Goldman and the Bank Bailout Even the capitalist Bible is taking shots at Wall Street darling Goldman Sachs. We've now reached the point where the only people defending the administration's Wall Street policies are the people benefiting from them -- or their good friends, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers. READ MORE

Three Cheers for Democracy and the World Wide Web

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christina Patterson

Vicious governments will always try to hold on to power, but a modest Englishman called Tim has made their job much harder.

Why China's Leaders Need to Worry About Recent Events in Iran: Twitter Trumps the Great Firewall

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Scheer

Both Iran and China are modernizing autocracies committed by a combination of ideology and fear to maintaining control over their peoples' access to information. Iran's lesson for China's leaders is that the technologies of censorship, despite their increasing sophistication, may not be sufficient to prevent determined citizens from using technologies of communication to organize dissent and political opposition on a mass scale.

Hardware Risk: China Targets PC Manufacturers

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

What happens when the Chinese request all PC's include internal hardware mechanisms for the tracking and monitoring of its users?

CNN Reporter Blocked By Umbrellas At Tiananmen Square (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | David Flumenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Chinese officials blocked video cameras from filming at Tiananmen Square on Wednesday... with umbrellas. Reporting from the square, CNN's John Vause ...