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Updating the Resource Centre Digital Platform

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is at a critical point in its development. Our digital platform is home to a wealth of information on business and human rights, but hasn’t had a visual refresh for a number of years.

We will soon be updating the site to improve its usability and better serve the thousands of people that use our site to support their work.

Please take an advance peek at our new look, and let us know what you think!

Thank you,
Alex Guy, Digital Officer

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15 November 2012

Hu Jia explains why mobile apps make activism spooky [China]

Author: John Kennedy, South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

[D]issident Hu Jia complained on Twitter about…WeChat – a…messaging app developed by Chinese Internet giant Tencent that closely resembles WhatsApp - has…[kept] him and other Chinese dissidents under real-time surveillance…[T]he information that is...

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25 April 2012

Lawsuit in NYC vs China, Baidu asks $17.44 mln

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

Eight New York residents who accused the Chinese government and Baidu...of censoring their pro-democracy writings...asked a U.S. judge for a $17.44 million default judgment. The plaintiffs had contended in a lawsuit filed last May that China and Baidu,...

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31 January 2012

Privacy, Free Expression And The Facebook Standard

Author: Elisa Massimino, CEO Human Rights First in Forbes

[T]he impending public offering by Facebook will…be the largest IPO of any tech company in history…But what are investors investing in when they invest in Facebook?...Because of its size and reach Facebook is also a standard-setter. The policies it...

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6 November 2011

China web firms vow to curb 'harmful' information

Author: Allison Jackson, AFP

The heads of China's largest Internet and technology firms have vowed to stop the "spread of harmful information" on the web after attending a three-day government workshop...Nearly 40 companies, including e-commerce giant Alibaba, online portal Sina...

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21 July 2011

Tort and technology: Lawyers and legislators put pressure on globe-trotting tech firms [China]

Author: Economist

In May and June human-rights lawyers in America filed two suits [under the Alien Tort Claims Act] alleging that executives at Cisco Systems…sold China’s government equipment customised to help track dissenters online…Cisco denies all wrongdoing...

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12 July 2011

A Call to Take Back the Internet From Corporations

Author: Jennifer 8. Lee, Bits blog, New York Times

Rebecca MacKinnon, an Internet scholar…argues that private corporations are exerting excessive power over the Internet and should have that power checked…The control that companies exert...in areas ranging from banking to freedom of speech has raised...

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12 July 2011

Internet users should organise & push back against companies' "excessive power over the Internet”, argues Internet scholar Rebecca MacKinnon

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4 July 2011

Baidu picks Microsoft for English search [China]

Author: Jason Subler & Georgina Prodhan, Reuters

China's Baidu is to partner with Microsoft for English-language search…The tie-up will direct English searches from Baidu to Microsoft's Bing, which will deliver the results back to Baidu's Web pages…Bing…filters out results in China relating to...

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10 June 2011

Facebook's Test in China: What Price Free Speech?

Author: [column] John Bussey, Wall Street Journal

What to make of Facebook—which holds itself up as an icon of openness—and its flirtation with the largest authoritarian nation on earth?...Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the [company, said]...in October..."I don't want it to be this company that just spreads...

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3 June 2011

Facebook: Safeguard Users Before Entering China Market

Author: Human Rights Watch

In a letter to…Facebook…Human Rights Watch warned the company that it could become complicit in government censorship and efforts both to stifle online organizing and obtain the personal information of cyber-activists or online critics of the Chinese...

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