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China expected to take on Internet freedom at UN conference

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 December, 2012, 7:59am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 December, 2012, 8:00am

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All geek eyes are (or should be) on China and Russia as the two countries lead a group of countries to closed-door meetings at the World Conference on International Communications, which kicked off yesterday in Dubai.

Coordinated by the International Telecommunications Union, countries such as China are expected to use the WCIT to push for updates to the ITU's International Telecommunication Regulations treaty that will give the UN-affiliated regulatory agency - specifically, nation-states - control over global Internet policy.

Part of what drives the push for state control is a desire to introduce crime-fighting mechanisms aimed at making online anonymity more difficult to achieve; led by the United States, opponents to governmental control of the Internet, as computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen puts it, fear that the consequences will never be the same.

-- Fast Company: The End Of Internet Freedom? U.N. Opens Ten-Day Talks On Web Regulation 
-- Foreign Policy: Should you wear your Guy Fawkes mask in Dubai this week? 
-- WCITLeaks: Announced list of participants (PDF)

China abroad

Agence France-Presse
-- Australia set for China's Forbidden City theme park A China theme park in Australia featuring a full-size replica of gates to the Forbidden City and a nine-storey temple could rival the Sydney Opera House as a tourist drawcard, officials said Monday.

-- The Russian and Chinese Governments' Threat to the Internet As We Know It At a global conference in Dubai this week, Russia, China, and other like-minded governments will attempt to cripple the Internet and replace innovation, openness, and connectivity -- hallmarks of the Internet you know and love -- with international controls and censorship.

-- Calm Down: Nobody Is Taking Over the Internet America's Cold War frenemies like Russia and China want to move control of the Internet's domain name system—which keeps those little .com and .net bits humming—out of American hands.

Hillicon Valley
-- This Week in Tech: Nations meet to rewrite UN Internet treaty Russia, China and other non-democratic countries have proposed to give the ITU and governments more authority over important Internet functions.

-- China’s new leadership tells India to ignore differences, deepen ties Amid persisting political mistrust over the long-running border dispute and more recent spats over passports and visas, Mr. Dai said both countries needed “to prevent noise from diverting friendly cooperation and common development.”
-- We’ll send force to protect our interests in South China Sea, says Navy chief Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi has termed the situation in the South China Sea “complex,” as China is rapidly modernising its Navy, and said India will protect its economic interests in the disputed waters by sending forces, if need be.

Inkatha Freedom Party
-- China's Aggression on Our Judiciary We want to see and understand for ourselves why about fifty people have burned themselves alive to protest and highlight internationally the human rights violations that are reported to take place there in a systematic way.

Times of India
-- Ready to tackle China sea threat: Navy chief Indian warships are prepared to set sail for the South China Sea if the country's economic interests there are threatened in any way, with China upping the ante and even empowering its police to search and seize foreign ships in the contentious mineral-rich region. 


China at home

Christian Science Monitor
-- China's leadership change is disturbing the corridors of power Officials and experts at some top level Chinese government meetings have been banned from simply reading their notes, and have instead been encouraged to speak spontaneously and engage in real discussion.

-- New Mac Malware Found on Dalai Lama Related Website Acting on a tip, a member of our Threat Research team (Brod) has discovered a Dalai Lama related website is compromised and is pushing new Mac malware, called Dockster, using a Java-based exploit.

-- Here Comes the First Real Alternative to iPhone and Android In order to get its operating system and, eventually, Jolla-branded phones, in front of enough Chinese, the company has partnered with the largest mobile chain retailer in the country, D.Phone. 

Wall Street Journal
-- China Home Prices Rise in November The gains accelerated from October but analysts said they remained tolerable to Chinese policy makers who have fought for nearly three years to keep prices in check.

-- China opposes U.S. bill concerning Diaoyu Islands In the bill, which the U.S. Senate passed last week, the United States reaffirmed that it "takes no position" on the ultimate sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands. However, the bill notes that Japan has the rights of administration over the territory and that "unilateral actions of a third party" would not affect its position.