Content-Control Software

Anti-porn arrests hit offshore website

Mainland police have detained more than 2,100 suspects in the biggest crackdown against pornography in terms of the number of arrests, Beijing municipal police said yesterday.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 7:50pm

Great Firewall blocks slideshow-sharing site

Mainland internet users can no longer access, a website where about 29 million people from around the world upload and share PowerPoint presentations and other types of documents.

Mainland users who tried to get onto the site got an error message. Access to the website from Hong Kong remained normal.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Should blogging sites follow Blogger and Twitter and censor their content?

Vanessa Wong, 16, Diocesan Girls' School

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Take a stand for your freedom of expression

'Students weren't able to do their homework due to the Wikipedia blackout - damn the Stop Online Piracy Act [Sopa]'.

All jokes aside, Sopa is serious business - it has actually been talked about since late October last year, but didn't really seem to catch on among students until this month, when petitions were shared on social networking websites.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

58 websites showing HK, Taiwan news shut down

Mainland censors have shut down at least 58 websites in four provinces that rebroadcast content - mostly news programmes - from Hong Kong and Taiwan, in the latest attempt to crack down on unauthorised content, China News Service reported yesterday.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Online piracy act must be stopped

Let us be clear: There is no place for theft on the internet. Those who knowingly distribute and download copyrighted movies, music and books should be caught and punished under the laws of the jurisdiction they are in. But it is not up to another government to set the rules and police what people elsewhere can access or dictate how they should behave.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hackers hit Lady Gaga's Twitter account

Pop diva Lady Gaga's star power has not only drawn her millions of followers but also hackers.

Her Twitter account was apparently hacked recently, putting the personal information of more than 17 million followers around the world at risk, according to WebSense - a global computer security firm.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

41pc of mainland websites close in just one year

The number of websites on the mainland almost halved last year, an official think tank says - but it denies a clampdown by the authorities is mainly to blame.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Annual Report on the Development of New Media said there were 1.91 million websites at the end of last year, down 41 per cent from 3.23 million at the end of 2009.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland-born IT whiz finds China favours its locals

Mainland-born engineer and entrepreneur Ken Xie, who established three computer network security companies in the United States, has found it difficult to expand business in his native country as well as he has in international markets.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

'Father' of firewall's microblog removed after user backlash

Sina Corp was forced to delete the microblog content of a key player in the mainland's online security after a flood of criticism from internet users.

21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Edicts overruled by realities on the ground

Call it a reality check: the central government has lowered the mandated minimum protein level for unprocessed milk and stopped funding the content-control software Green Dam Youth Escort.

They had little choice: their edicts were being ignored. That sort of thing can happen when policies fail to take into account facts on the ground.

19 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Green Dam software maker loses staff and funds

The major developer behind the controversial Green Dam Youth Escort internet content-control software has shed two thirds of the staff working on the project even though it says business is running as usual.

17 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Ditching of net nanny 'admission it was mistake'

The central government's quiet ditching of the notorious Green Dam Youth Escort internet content-filtering software was effectively an admission that the censorship project was a political gaffe that had hurt its already flagging credibility, analysts say.

17 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Savvy youngsters log on to skirt censorship

Maggie Yang Ka-yi, 22, decided to attend last night's candle-light vigil for the first time - without informing her parents, as she was not granted permission last year.

She did so after learning about the 1989 crackdown by browsing the internet and reading Facebook messages from her friends.

5 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Suddenly, porn surfing on mainland is free for all

A host of pornography websites and information technology websites have suddenly been unblocked by mainland censors since Tuesday morning. The question is: why?

The buzz apparently started with some Twitter postings in the morning that said: 'You can now freely search any porn you like in China. Everything seems to be unblocked.'

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am