Internet Filtering in Yemen: 2004-2005
The OpenNet Initiative has released “Internet Filtering in Yemen 2004-2005,” a country study that documents the degree and extent to which the Republic of Yemen controls the information environment in which its citizens live, including Web sites, blogs, e-mail, and online discussion forums.
cn: China calls for Internet regulations to cut down on pornography and gambling
China’s Internet media and content providers have pledged to protect cyberspace from pornography, gambling and other “unhealthy content” through self-regulation and legal measures.
us: U.S. technology has been used to block, censor Net for years
Internet users in Yemen can’t get to beer.com because of technology from a couple of U.S. companies. Surely this is a human rights violation, keeping innocent civilians from a website devoted to beer and women. Why, the Yemeni Netizens — all 150,000 of them — are also blocked from getting to gayegypt.com. They’re denied spikybras.com! Which, by the way, ya gotta check out — it’s hilarious, and no more racy than an I Dream of Jeannie episode.
The worst of the Net
This week, a US Congressional body – the House subcommittee on global human rights – held a hearing on the involvement of American companies in the controlling of Internet access by Chinese users. The Republican Chairman of the subcommittee declared: “Cooperation with tyranny should not be embraced for the sake of profits.” Hear, hear. We need to sort out those commie Chinese. But there is a more serious issue that American politicians and industry are not adequately addressing. The UK’s Internet Watch Foundation found last year that 40% of all reports of child abuse images on the Net were hosted in the United States. Why are there no hearings on this?
Testimony of Reporters Without Borders before the US House of Representatives
Reporters Without Borders’ representative in Washington, Lucie Morillon, testified on 15 February before the US House of Representatives Committee for International relations and Humanitarian Affairs. During the hearing, the major US Internet companies such as Yahoo !, Microsoft, Google and Cisco systems, were required to explain their collaboration with the Chinese authorities on web censorship.
us/cn: Congress accuses Google of collusion
The giants of the internet were hauled before Congress yesterday, accused of colluding with China’s secret police and censors.
The problem in China isn’t with Google
The uncomfortable truth is that the Chinese government is not progressing as fast towards democracy as a growth-hungry West has let itself believe, argues Tom Rotherham. … While one may well wish that the Chinese government recognised that free access to information is in its people’s interests, it is wrong-headed in the extreme to suggest that any company is doing the right thing by ignoring the government in a country in which it operates.
China defends internet regulation
China has responded to international criticism of its internet regulations by saying its rules are “fully in line” with the rest of the world.
China’s old guard warns censors of ‘social disaster’
A group of retired senior officials and academics, including Mao Zedong’s former secretary, yesterday called for more openness, warning China’s propaganda department that the media crackdown “could sow the seeds of disaster for political and social transition”.
cn: Yahoo! appeals for support in censorship row
Yahoo! yesterday sought to blunt criticism of its business practices in China in advance of what is expected to be a gruelling hearing in Washington on Wednesday.