Internet Freedom

Vietnam bans bloggers from sharing news reports

Vietnam has banned bloggers and social media   users from sharing news stories online. Photo: AFP

Vietnam is to ban bloggers and social media users from sharing news stories online under a decree seen as a further crackdown on online freedom. Blogs or social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter - which have become hugely popular over the past few years in the heavily censored country - should be used only "to provide and exchange personal information", according to the decree.

Friday, 2 August, 2013, 2:11am

Foreigners can now take own mobile phones to North Korea

Foreign visitors to North Korea can now take their own mobile phones. Google chairman Eric Schmidt went to the country recently. Photo: AP

Foreigners visiting North Korea can now take their own mobile phones into the country, Chinese state media reported on Sunday, citing an employee with the operator of the country’s mobile network.

A technician with Koryolink, the North Korean-Egyptian joint venture that operates the 3G phone network, told China’s official Xinhua news agency that the move took effect on January 7.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Google’s Eric Schmidt urges North Korea to embrace internet freedom

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt (left) and Bill Richardson arrive at Beijing airport after their trip to Pyongyang. Photo: EPA

Google chairman Eric Schmidt told North Korean officials their country would never develop unless it embraced internet freedom, he said on Thursday as he returned from a visit to Pyongyang.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Activists seek donations to help mainlanders bypass internet restrictions

Two activists were seeking almost HK$1 million to open a "cyber liberty centre" in Hong Kong, to help users circumvent internet restrictions on the mainland.

Yeung Yeung and Yang Kuang also said they were worried that Hong Kong police would monitor local internet activities in the future with their "cyber security centre", which would launch today.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:26am

China expected to take on Internet freedom at UN conference

The United Nations' ITU, formed in 1865 to regulate the world's telegraph network, is seen by many as unfit to regulate the Internet.

4 Dec 2012 - 8:00am 1 comment

Clashes over internet rules to mark UN meeting in Dubai

Screenshot of a map for Google's 'free and open' campaign.

A major US delegation is leading the opposition to possible new UN regulations on internet commerce and controls that are part of wide-ranging talks that opened Monday in Dubai.

The UN conference is seeking to update telecommunications codes last reviewed two and a half decades ago when the web was virtually unknown.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:20pm