Urges Microsoft and Cisco to Reconsider China. This week saw two disappointing decisions by two major American companies, Microsoft and Cisco, that appear to be choosing to become little tech helpers to China's repressive regime rather than choosing to be a force for good.
For Cisco, it's more of the same. For Microsoft, it's a disappointing turn. China’s Internet censorship is perhaps the most pervasive and its filtering system most sophisticated. The Chinese government requires all companies operating there, whether Western or Chinese, to engage in an opaque self-censorship practice limiting access to any content that could potentially undermine state control, including but not at all limited to political content, information about minority groups, and a vast array of proxies and circumvention tools. Google’s 2006 entry into the country ended four years later when, following a series of cyberattacks originating from China, the search giant decided to stop self-censoring results, effectively ending their business there. Microsoft. Breaching Trust: An analysis of surveillance and security practices on China’s TOM-Skype platform.
Foreword We are very pleased to introduce the rst Inormation Warare Monitor/ONI Asia jointreport, Breaching Trust: An analysis of surveillance and security practices onChina’s TOM-Skype platform , written by Nart Villeneuve, Psiphon Fellow, the CitizenLab, Munk Centre or International Studies, the University o Toronto.
Surveillance is a practice oten shrouded in secrecy. Although many people may be vaguely awarethat governments and corporations regularly engage in surveillance (indeed, oten in collusion) it isa practice that is dicult to identiy and document directly. Breaching Trust suggest that we cannot.Here we have a major sotware tool used to make telephone calls and send instant messages over theInternet, advertising secure end-to-end encryption, and widely touted by activists and dissidents asa sae way to communicate sensitive inormation, logging sensitive keywords and uploading entiretranscripts o conversations to servers in China, which themselves are insecure.
浏览 / Browsing. 浏览 / Browsing. 绕过防火墙 / Firewall of China. 新闻 / News. 加密聊天 / IM. List of blacklisted keywords in the People's Republic of China. The government of China has set up a system of internet censorship, intending to block internet users within Mainland China from accessing material deemed undesirable, such as foreign news sites, sites with dissident political content, many Hong Kong and Taiwanese websites, and pornography.
However, some people in mainland China are buying software for them to access Google, Facebook,etc. This software is generally not very expensive. They use a version of Virtual Private Network or VPN to access those sites. One part of the block is to remove some websites from search results on search engines. These search engines include both the local version of international search engines (e.g. Some words are sensitive. Any sequence containing the term is also blocked. This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Because Google has decided to re-direct its Google.cn domain to Google.com.hk, censorship by Google is far less relevant. General concepts Events Xinjiang & Tibet