Tag Archives: Internet Freedom

China Mulls Plans For a Digital ID Card to Track Internet Users


China’s public security ministry is pressing ahead with moves to force more of the country’s 668 million netizens to use their real names and a digital ID card online.

The move is part of a raft of tighter Internet controls enshrined in the draft Cybersecurity Law being debated in China’s parliament, the China Youth Daily newspaper Continue reading

Apple’s App Store infected with XcodeGhost malware in China

21 September 2015

Apple has said it is taking steps to remove malicious code added to a number of apps commonly used on iPhones and iPads in China.

It is thought to be the first large-scale attack on Apple’s App Store.

The hackers created a counterfeit version of Apple’s software for Continue reading

Google Won’t Have Easy Return to China

65D9D77F-4132-4FBB-80A2-26617E163000_w640_r1_sFILE – Passengers look through windows on a bus painted with an advertisement for Google in Beijing, China.

September 10, 2015 10:04 AM

SINGAPORE/BEIJING—Google Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai has made no secret that he wants to get back into China via Google Play, the app store for its Android mobile operating system.

But it’s unlikely to be a smooth ride.

Google largely pulled its services out of China Continue reading

Partnership Boosts Users Over China’s Great Firewall


14CLOUDFLARE-master675By PAUL MOZURSEPT. 13, 2015

Joshua Motta, left, Carmen Chang and Matthew Prince in the San Francisco offices of the security start-up CloudFlare. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times

HONG KONG — It is one of the best-guarded borders in the world, and one of the most time-consuming to cross. Yet in the past few months, a new agreement has let people speed over it billions of times.

The border is the digital one that divides Continue reading

MURONG XUECUN: Scaling China’s Great Firewall

By MURONG XUECUN August 21, 2015

In the fall of 2011, a friend and I got on to discussing Tibet. “Do you know,” he said, “that Tibetans are setting fire to themselves?”

I had spent from 2005 to 2008 in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, but I had never heard of acts of self-immolation. My friend filled me in on the ghastly details, Continue reading

China Holds More Than 15,000 For Alleged Cyber Crime: Police


Chinese police have arrested more than 15,000 people to date for cyber crimes, including hacking and fraud, while activists said the crackdown is also linked to the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing war on online public opinion.

“More than 15,000 criminal suspects were detained in investigations of more than 7,400 Internet crimes by police departments and agencies,” the country’s ministry of public Continue reading

Chinese Rights Websites Hit by Suspected Hacker Attack, Great Firewall Blockade


A rights and citizen journalism website based in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan said its operations have been paralyzed by a hacker attack on Tuesday, while a second site said its domain name is once more blocked on China’s tightly controlled Internet.

Activist Huang Qi, who founded the Tianwang website, Continue reading

China to Send Police Officers Into Internet Companies to Curb ‘Lawbreaking’


A man surfs the Internet at a coffee shop in Beijing in a file photo.
The ruling Chinese Communist Party looks set to further tighten its grip on the nation’s 650 million netizens with the stationing of specialist police officers in major Internet companies.

“We will further deepen and expand our Continue reading