China: Internet censorship by govt. & companies increased ahead of party congress

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15 October 2007

Scaling the Great Firewall of China

Author: Bill Marcus & Scott Jagow, Marketplace [USA]

China's Communist Party...meeting begins today. One way this affects American business is that during this meeting, China shuts down thousands of websites... [For] Danny Levinson, who manages corporate e-mail and publishes 30 online journals, political season here is a perennial pain. The Internet is always a little slow when the party gets going. "...it really impacts international business and domestic business -- especially with the closure of websites. What it basically is creating is a void in China of information." Levinson says building an information-based economy without a healthy Internet may cost China in the long run. Not everybody's losing money though. The modified routers that China uses to censor were bought from...Cisco Systems.

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12 October 2007

China Censors Ratchet Up Web Monitoring

Author: Alexa Olesen, AP

Blog entries like [Liu Xiaoyuan's], which mused on sensitive topics such as the death penalty, corruption and legal reform, are often automatically rejected if they trigger a keyword filter. Sometimes, they're deleted by human censors employed by Internet companies. In the lead-up to the sensitive Communist Party Congress..., authorities have been casting an even wider net than usual in their search for Web content they deem to be politically threatening or potentially destabilizing... Major Internet portals like Sohu.com Inc. and Sina Corp. employ their own censors to make sure nothing runs afoul of government restrictions... An employee with the Zitian Internet Data Center in...Luoyang...said interactive sites, such as bulletin boards and blogs, were closed until after the congress...on orders from state-run China Telecom...

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