Special Report: Chinese firm helps Iran spy on citizens. (Reuters) - A Chinese telecommunications equipment company has sold Iran's largest telecom firm a powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring landline, mobile and internet communications, interviews and contract documents show.
The system was part of a 98.6 million euro ($130.6 million) contract for networking equipment supplied by Shenzhen, China-based ZTE Corp to the Telecommunication Co of Iran (TCI), according to the documents. Government-controlled TCI has a near monopoly on Iran's landline telephone services and much of Iran's internet traffic is required to flow through its network. The ZTE-TCI deal, signed in December 2010, illustrates how despite tightening global sanctions, Iran still manages to obtain sophisticated technology, including systems that can be used to crack down on dissidents.
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The real-name policy is one of 16 regulations for the country’s Twitter alternatives, which include Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, and it is a move that the government has been rumoured to be pursuing for some while. Beijing is looking to increase accountability online, having recently agreed a set of new content principles with leading Chinese Internet firms. As Charles Custer at Penn Olson explains, the regulation is not explicitly aimed at restricting free speech on services, but it is open enough that it can be manipulated for more sinister purposes: China to Bus Citizens Away from Fukushima Nuke Plant. Beijing will send buses to pick up citizens living in areas hardest hit by the tsunami: Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Iwate prefectures, they announced Tuesday.
Here’s a translated excerpt from a post on the Website of the Chinese Embassy in Japan: “Given the seriousness of Fukushima nuclear power plant accident and uncertainty of the situation, for the safety of Chinese citizens the Embassy and the Consulate General in Niigata will immediately take all possible means and measures, to make arrangements for an orderly withdrawal.
I hope my compatriots will remain calm, follow instructions, and work with the evacuation. “ The buses will take Chinese citizens to Tokyo’s Narita airport, where embassy staff will help them make arrangements to fly home. Meanwhile, Air China suspended all flights bound for Tokyo from Beijing and Shanghai on the 15th and 16th of March. (More on TIME.com: How to Get to an Earthquake: Travels in Japan.) — Translation by Dennis Wong. China plans to track cellphone users, sparking human rights concerns. Posted at 5:53 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011 By Cecilia Kang China said it may begin tracking cellphone users in Beijing through location technology it hopes will help city authorities better manage traffic.
But the announcement also sparked fresh concerns that the government may be using mobile technology to surveil its residents. In an announcement, made through Beijing's Municipal People's Government Web site, the Chinese government said it would track 17 million cellphone users in Beijing through location technology to "publish real-time dynamic information to ease congestion and improve the efficiency of public travel. " Beijing is notorious for its traffic congestion. "What happens when you start tracking cellphone users is that you maintain a constant history of what users are doing, their habits, who they associate with," said Joshua Gruenspecht, a cyber security fellow at the U.S. In Beijing, 70 percent of residents have a cellphone run by China Mobile.