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Wednesday
Feb032010

EFF's Gang of Seven

Electronic Freedom Foundation fingers seven US companies for selling surveillance gear to China.

Cisco, which is the most overt supporter of China's "Golden Shield" system of internet censorship, tops the list.

Others include Nortel, Oracle and Motorola.

Tuesday
Feb022010

More adventures in China's open internet

Seven months on from the Urumqi riots, Xinjiang is still effectively without internet access.

All email is blocked, and only government websites such as Xinhua are accessible, according to RSF.

Official media claimed on January 12 that internet access was "returning".

Tuesday
Feb022010

Cold War II, Now Playing

It all reminds me of a Garrison Keilor sketch from the early 90s about listless American men missing the Cold War.

Hanker no longer. It's breaking out all over the place.

From the blue corner:
Financial Times
China fumes after US arms sales to Taiwan
Sydney Morning Herald
Honeymoon over for US and China
New York Times
U.S. Arms for Taiwan Send Beijing a Message
The Times
China says US arms sales to Taiwan could threaten wider relations

From the red corner:
Global Times
China halts military ties with US
China Daily
Beijing furious at arms sales to Taiwan

The furore over a watered-down arms package that won't alter the military balance ($$) is a classic piece of Chinese political theatre. A timely distraction from the Google debacle, hugely appreciated by the home audience and even the anti-China foreign media is right on message. Beijing must be loving it.

Monday
Feb012010

Service resumes

I started this blog because I thought the intersection of technology, telecom and free speech in China was worth writing about. Thanks to Google I now don't have to explain why.

After a number of distractions and a much-needed break from the PC it's time to resume.

Friday
Dec042009

Chinese lawyer detained for mentioning Twitter

Tang Jingling, a Guangzhou lawyer, was invited to the Guangzhou College of Vocational Technology on November 27 to lecture students on the internet.

Radio Free Asia reports:

[H]e was interrupted by a member of the campus security force who was auditing the class, and was told to show his identification before being led away by police.


Twitter is considered “a tool of subversion” by some Chinese security personnel, says local activist Bei Feng.

“As far as I know, leading Chinese Web sites and forums were all cautioned not to discuss Twitter, which may now be monitored by special task forces,” Bei said.