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22 March 2010

Google Shuts China Site in Dispute Over Censorship

Author: Miguel Helft & David Barboza, New York Times

Just over two months after threatening to leave China because of censorship and intrusions from hackers, Google on Monday closed its Internet search service there and began directing users in that country to its uncensored search engine in Hong Kong...

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29 October 2008

Global Network Initiative - media coverage & responses (Oct 2008)

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Global Network Initiative, a coalition of Internet companies, human rights NGOs and others, agreed to new guidelines in October 2008 "to respond to government censorship and threats to privacy"... [Links to media coverage & responses. Refers to...

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28 October 2008
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Author: AFP

Un code d'éthique visant à déjouer les efforts de censure et de surveillance de régimes autoritaires a été annoncé mardi par des géants de l'internet soucieux de redorer leur blason, après plusieurs affaires où certains avaient semblé complices. La ...

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4 October 2008
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Author: Pierre Haski, Rue89 [France]

Dans un rapport intitulé de manière explicite « Rupture de confiance », le Citizen Lab [institut canadien] ...affirme que la plate-forme chinoise de Skype [filiale d'eBay], qui est produite en commun avec le groupe hongkongais Tom.com, surveille les...

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3 October 2008

Skype says China joint venture partner stores text messages

Author: Sinead Carew & Savio D'Souza, Reuters

Skype [part of eBay]…said on Thursday that TOM Online Inc, majority owners of Skype's Chinese venture TOM-Skype, had been monitoring and storing some of its users' text messages without Skype's knowledge. Skype apologized after a report [by University...

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1 October 2008

Report finds Skype's Chinese venture TOM-Skype monitors messages for politically-sensitive keywords - includes comments by Skype, TOM Group

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1 October 2008

[PDF] Breaching Trust: An analysis of surveillance and security practices on China’s TOM-Skype platform

Author: Nart Villeneuve, the Citizen Lab, Munk Centre for International Studies, the University of Toronto

…Major Findings: The full text chat messages of TOM-Skype [joint venture Skype & TOM Group] users, along with Skype [part of eBay] users who have communicated with TOM-Skype users, are regularly scanned for sensitive keywords, and if present, the...

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1 August 2006

"Race to the Bottom": Corporate Complicity in Chinese Internet Censorship

Author: Human Rights Watch

Some companies not only respond to instructions and pressures from Chinese authorities to censor their materials, they actively engage in self-censorship by using their technology to predict and then censor the material they believe the Chinese...

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1 August 2006

China: Human Rights Watch report accuses Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, Skype of aiding govt. censorship - calls for US & EU legislation

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19 April 2006

Skype comes clean over China censor

Author: PCPro [UK]

Skype [part of eBay] has admitted that its partner in China has filtered text messages, but claims that compliance with local censorship laws is a necessary evil if it is to continue operating in the world's most populous country. Niklas Zennström,...

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