Chinese Site Criticizes Investor for Its Google Support

In an unusual move, the Alibaba Group of China on Saturday criticized Yahoo, one of its largest shareholders, for siding with Google after a cyber attack on that company.John Spelich, a spokesman for Alibaba, said executives at the company were angry because Yahoo, which owns 40 percent of the Chinese Internet company, appeared to follow Google in suggesting the Chinese government was behind the cyberattacks. see:Chinese hackers pose a growing threat to U.S. firms
The scale and sophistication of the cyber attacks on Google Inc. and other large U.S. corporations by hackers in China is raising national security concerns that the Asian superpower is escalating its industrial espionage efforts on the Internet.While the U.S. focus has been primarily on protecting military and state secrets from cyber spying, a new battle is being waged in which corporate computers and the valuable intellectual property they hold have become as much a target of foreign governments as those run by the Pentagon and the CIA.,0,7251525.storyDespite censorship, cracks widen in China’s Great Firewall
Despite — and sometimes because of — increasingly aggressive government measures, China’s Internet users are finding ways to evade the country’s online restrictions.Zhang Shan never paid much attention to Internet censorship in China. The stylish art gallery clerk said it didn’t really matter in her daily life.Then last year, she lost access to some of her favorite websites. First YouTube. Then Twitter. Then Facebook.It was her first memorable brush with the so-called Great Firewall of China — one of many powerful mechanisms the Chinese government uses to block content deemed too sensitive for the eyes of its 384 million Internet users.,0,7290683.storyGoogle Users in China Fear Losing Important Tool
At the elite Tsinghua University here, some students were joking Friday that they had better download all the Internet information they wanted now in case Google left the country.But to many of the young, well-educated Chinese who are Google’s loyal users here, the company’s threat to leave is in fact no laughing matter. Interviews in Beijing’s downtown and university district indicated that many viewed the possible loss of Google’s maps, translation service, sketching software, access to scholarly papers and search function with real distress. v. China: the larger issues by Milton Mueller
This comment from Professor Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski about the wider implications of Google’s clash with China deserves the widest possible circulation. As they put it, at issue here is whether “the once unified global Internet space will begin a process of disintegration as countries define their own sovereign clouds.”

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