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Half of Chinese government officials fear microblogging services could cause social unrest: Survey

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Most Chinese officials acknowledge the potential far-reaching impact that the rise of Weibo microblogging services could have on Chinese society, according to a new study. WantChinaTimes notes that a survey of over 2,000 officials by the party-backed People’s Tribune found over 50 percent are afraid of increased social unrest due...
Half of Chinese government officials fear microblogging services could cause social unrest: Survey

IRS Promises To Abandon Warrantless Email Spying After Public Outcry

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The IRS chief has promised to abandon a controversial policy of snooping emails without a warrant. During congressional testimony, the IRS’s acting commissioner, Steven Miller, said “we intend to do that” after Senator Ron Wyden (CrunchGov Grade: A) asked whether the agency would ditch its warrantless spying policy. The IRS...
IRS Promises To Abandon Warrantless Email Spying After Public Outcry

To Understand Our Mobile Future, Look to China

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China search leader Baidu has just released a report on mobile trends that provides insight on what lies ahead for the future of the Internet in general. Some highlights: Mobile Internet is catching up with traditional PC Internet at an increasingly rapid pace. Mobile Internet data traffic levels have...
To Understand Our Mobile Future, Look to China

Russia proposes limits on foreign investments in online businesses

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(Editor’s note: this is a guest post by Ruslan R. Fazlyev, founder and CEO of Russian ecommerce software firm Ecwid – you can follow him on Twitter here.) Russian online businesses are buzzing with concerns over yet more legislation that increases government restrictions on the Internet. The Russian Parliament (“the...
Russia proposes limits on foreign investments in online businesses

Facebook faux pas: Thai netizens cry fowl as KFC tells public to order chicken during Tsunami scare

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There a numerous examples of brands piggybacking on a crisis or a high-profile public event to generate buzz for their own campaigns, but KFC Thailand’s Facebook post yesterday ranks up there as one of the most inappropriate we have seen. As the world watched on as tsunami alerts were issued in Indonesia,...
Facebook faux pas: Thai netizens cry fowl as KFC tells public to order chicken during Tsunami scare

Chinese journalists strike after propaganda department rewrites New Year editorial

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Protests have erupted in southern China after the Guangdong propaganda department rewrote a New Year editorial for the Southern Weekend newspaper. The government has an escalated situation on its hands now that the publication’s journalists have gone on strike and have received support from students and netizens. If you’re just...
Chinese journalists strike after propaganda department rewrites New Year editorial

The Philippines' Awful New 'Cybercrime' Law Put On Hold -- For Now

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Last week Tim Cushing wrote about the hugely-worrying new "cybercrime" law passed in the Philippines that seemed likely to criminalize all kinds of everyday online activities. As an article on Radio Australia's site reports, the Philippines' highest court has now stepped in after being petitioned to block the legislation: The...
The Philippines' Awful New 'Cybercrime' Law Put On Hold -- For Now

London 2012: NBC rules leave plenty of US Olympics fans with nothing to watch

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Network has tons of online coverage - but only for cable subscribers. What are you doing to get around the blackout?Here's what we know about watching the Olympics this year:1. NBC has all the rights.2. NBC has all the rights.3. NBC has all the rights.In the lead-up to the opening...
London 2012: NBC rules leave plenty of US Olympics fans with nothing to watch

What Those Mysterious Cell Phone Fees Fund: $115 Million For Rural Broadband

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Ever wonder what those mysterious government service fees on your cell phone bill go to fund? Part of it goes toward a newly launched $415 million plan to provide 400,000 rural netizens with some broadband goodness. The Connect America Fund, a Obama administration-supported plan for universal broadband, is part...
What Those Mysterious Cell Phone Fees Fund: $115 Million For Rural Broadband
These Are The International Social Networks Closing In On Facebook

Digital Activism in China: A Discussion Between Ai Weiwei, Jack Dorsey and Richard MacManus

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Earlier tonight, the Paley Center hosted a discussion about social media and digital activism with celebrated artist, architectural designer, activist and blogger Ai Weiwei, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and ReadWriteWeb's editor and founder Richard MacManus. The discussion touched upon a large variety of topics related to social media and digital...
Digital Activism in China: A Discussion Between Ai Weiwei, Jack Dorsey and Richard MacManus

Tablets Beat Smartphones In Web Traffic For First Time

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Is it time to start thinking about the post-smartphone era, already? Adobe's been busy tracking over 1,000 websites around the world for nearly six years, and has monitored some 100 billion visits by Netizens to these properties to create its Digital Index publication, and the latest edition has a...
Tablets Beat Smartphones In Web Traffic For First Time

Proposed Chinese Law May Force Sina Weibo To Implement Real-Name Registration

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Chinese economics magazine Caijing reported today (link via Google Translate) that the National People’s Congress is considering a new law that would require Internet users who wish to register services to use their real names. While the Chinese government says the legislation will “safeguard” Internet users from defamation, fraud and...
Proposed Chinese Law May Force Sina Weibo To Implement Real-Name Registration
Sina Weibo Accounts Of Prominent Bloggers, Journalists & Activists Shuttered As China Clamps Down On Internet Users

Britain won't be the only country snooping on people's internet use

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If the government gets its way and starts monitoring what you're emailing, it will join a list of countries with a draconian approach to the internetBig brother is eyeing your inbox. Under new government plans, the police and security services could soon have the right to monitor who you're emailing,...
Britain won't be the only country snooping on people's internet use

China Likes Twitter (What?), but Will Still Censor It

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The Chinese government released a new white paper on Tuesday detailing the country's official position on Internet policy. Coming three months after the very public dispute with Google, which resulted in the shutdown of Google's China-based portal, the paper offers a revealing look back on Chinese Internet history as well...
China Likes Twitter (What?), but Will Still Censor It

White House Supports Cell Phone Unlocking, Big Victory For Tech Activism

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Today was a big day for grassroots consumer activism: the White House officially came out in support of cell phone unlocking. After over 100,000 netizens demanded a response from the Obama Administration related to a new law banning consumers from “unlocking” their cell phones to move between carriers, the White...
White House Supports Cell Phone Unlocking, Big Victory For Tech Activism

BII Mobile Insights: Guess What Discounting Your iPhone App Does?

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Mobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today. Discounting iPhone Apps Increases Revenue By 159 Percent (Mashable)Dropping prices on iPhone and iPad apps drastically improves revenue and download volumes, according to one study. Developers can...
BII Mobile Insights: Guess What Discounting Your iPhone App Does?

Netherlands: First country in Europe with net neutrality

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May 8th, 2012 is a day to celebrate in The Netherlands as it becomes the first country in Europe to protect its citizens by enshrining net neutrality into law. The Netherlands is also implementing privacy protections for users against wiretapping and disconnection by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), which will...
Netherlands: First country in Europe with net neutrality
The Weekender: Instagrams of tragedy, iPhone 5 review, and a trip to the Magic championship

Google Champions Internet Freedom In North Korea After Bailing From China

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"AS THE world becomes increasingly connected, their decision to be virtually isolated is very much going to affect their physical world." So declared Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, to a throng of reporters in Beijing. Given that his firm more or less abandoned China's heavily censored internet search market a...
Google Champions Internet Freedom In North Korea After Bailing From China

Google-backed Netizen of the Year Award to be voted by the public this year

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Reporters Without Borders, the France-based NGO that advocates freedom of information, has announced its annual Netizen of the Year Award which seeks to honor a Web-based blogger or cyber-dissident who has fought to defend freedom of expression on the World Wide Web. However, this year it’s taking a slightly different...
Google-backed Netizen of the Year Award to be voted by the public this year

Amazon has big challenges to overcome in China before it launches the Kindle there

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After years of speculation about the Kindle’s arrival in China, a wide-spread rumor that Amazon was going to open Kindle pre-orders on April 16 sounded credible, building on the US firm introduced its Kindle apps and e-bookstore in China just four months prior. That launch was believed to be a clear signal...
Amazon has big challenges to overcome in China before it launches the Kindle there

EFF Comes to the Rescue of "Innocent" MegaUpload Users

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Let's face it, MegaUpload was just as much of a popular pirate hangout as The Pirate Bay (TPB), which isn't to say there weren't some upstanding netizens using the service for legitimate purposes, but we all know what really on went over there. Does that mean non-infringing users should suffer...
EFF Comes to the Rescue of "Innocent" MegaUpload Users

Apple Beats Nokia In Global Net Traffic On Mobiles

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It's bad news for Nokia as the company scrambles to establish a foothold in the smartphone and tablet markets. Company StatCounter regularly investigates the differing streams of Net traffic swirling though the world's websites in the interests of knowing where the globe's Netizens are and what devices they're using....
Apple Beats Nokia In Global Net Traffic On Mobiles

Vietnam suppresses its bloggers with long jail terms after unfair trials

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A major report highlighting the plight of bloggers in Vietnam was published today. It reveals that 32 bloggers and netizens are currently in detention and accuses the Vietnamese authorities of routinely subjecting bloggers to arbitrary detention, harassment, intimidation, assaults and violations of fair trial rights. The 42-page report, entitled Bloggers...
Vietnam suppresses its bloggers with long jail terms after unfair trials

Google Co-Founder Blasts Entertainment Industry On Piracy

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Instead of the entertainment industry beating up the little guys on the issue of piracy, in 2011 and early 2012 they went for the nuclear legislative option. The ensuing battle for the free flow of information online polarized the Internet. SOPA and PIPA became the acronyms on everyone’s lips and...
Google Co-Founder Blasts Entertainment Industry On Piracy

China Blocks Searches For 'Big Yellow Duck' After Brilliant Tiananmen Square Pun

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Chinese censors have banned the search term "Big Yellow Duck" after an image circulating on the microblogging site Sina Weibo creatively evoked the iconic image of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. The words "today," "tonight," "June 4," were also censored ahead of the 24th anniversary of the brutal...
China Blocks Searches For 'Big Yellow Duck' After Brilliant Tiananmen Square Pun

Chinese professional social network Ushi launches name card and contacts app

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Ushi, often referred to as the Chinese LinkedIn, has released an app for scanning and storing name card information, as it works to build momentum for its professional social network. The first thing you do in just about any Chinese professional setting is whip out a name card. Lots of...
Chinese professional social network Ushi launches name card and contacts app

A Look Into China's Web Censorship Program

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kev0153 writes "MSNBC is offering a good article explaining some of the details behind China's web censorship program. 'Google's face-off with Beijing over censorship may have struck a philosophical blow for free speech and encouraged some Chinese Netizens by its sheer chutzpah, but it doesn't do a thing for Internet...
A Look Into China's Web Censorship Program
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