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2009-06-09

 

How Bing.com self-censor Tiananmen


How Bing.com censor Tiananmen
Originally uploaded by IsaacMao
By using blindsearch, we can easily find how Bing.com is a natural-born self-censor even to it's US-based users. If you search 天安门(Tiananmen in Chinese), the different results set pops up than Yahoo and Google. It's not the difference of order and page rank, but totally removal of those links about Tiananmen massacre. Some twitter users in China argued that it could be an conspiracy of Microsoft and China authority to exchange priority enforcing MS software piracy punishment by China government.

For Google, it's smarter that they keep the full index for US-based users, so it's always possible to get the real result from Google.com. Although Google.cn did self-censor some of the results, it's good for people to compare and study the difference. However, it's very strange to Microsoft, the Redmond-based business, do something stupid to give handles to any challengers from its home land. And it apparently eclipse itself on its business value. Another word, it shows people Bing.com just a subset of the knowledge around the world.

I hope GNI can keep watch on this case and push Microsoft to explain that.

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2008-12-02

 

"Censorship by Chinese Blog-hosting Companies", by Rebecca Mackinnon

Finally, Rebecca released her research works on self-censorship severities of those blog service providers in China. She was ever afraid when is right time to share the research to public. But Sharism works eventually when a best meme appeared, ha.

Not surprisingly, there’s already a Chinese edition of Rebecca’s blog post in two days from Yeeyan.com community. The censorship system is really complicated in China, however, the social media mouse is gaining lead in the race.

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2007-06-07

 

Flickr's almost banned in China

Chinese bloggers resonated a lot today on Flickr's disability in China. They talked over Twittersphere and blogosphere with angers. Currently, the flickr.com is not blocked but the image repository server(farm1.flickr.com and farm2.flickr.com). It means the blockage is not whole domain as target, but some subdomains which may be referred most by Chinese blogosphere recently on those "sensitive" contents. Generally, June is very sensitive month because of Tian'anmen crackdown 18 years ago. And more this year, there were a protest over PX chemistry project in xiamen, as well the the passing away of vice primier, Huang Ju. All these cases caused authority in nervous and headache because of the flood of voices online. Flickr, as one of the most favorite photo sharing service, was definitely the first target of being censored because there are many photos and pictures related to above cases. Right now, people can still access flickr web site but can't see any pictures there.

But things is not simple as censorship itself. Bloggers has raised more online protests with their rages. Today, more and more people in China knows what GFW is. They expressed a new flood of online protest after finding flickr image server was blocked. Some posts has directly blamed the Communist Party, with disapointment and even cursing it's crash. We may see more flood of reactions over this case. It's could be even a turning point that pushing the authority to change their Internet policies, either tougher or looser(impossible). It depends on the depth of emergent power shifting. Who knows. What we have realized that the date CPC crash will be very close after GFW crash(someday near 2015? only guess and wish) becasues they are very agile indeed.

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