30 July 2008

More international arse-kissing

Somebody explain it to me again... why does the international community quietly put up with this sort of assault on personal freedoms?

-- BEIJING -- Some International Olympic Committee officials cut a deal to let China block sensitive Web sites despite promises of unrestricted access, a senior IOC official admitted today.
And the most galling thing is... they look you right in the face and lie.
China had committed to providing media with the same freedom to report on the Games as they enjoyed at previous Olympics, but journalists have this week complained of finding access to sites deemed sensitive to its communist leadership blocked.
Once again... the Great Firewall of China.
Are Western companies engaging in censorship in China?

Yes. Products such as yahoo.cn and google.cn adhere to the rules of official Chinese censorship. In other words, not everything you search for with google.cn is available.

These companies argue that if you wish to do business in a particular country, you must obey its rules.
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RELATED: A long history of Western complicity...
U.S.-based Cisco Systems and Canadian-based Nortel Networks are working closely with the People's Armed Police developing oppressive and intrusive computer systems to monitor, track and prosecute illegal Internet web browsers.

Nortel has contracts with Datang Telecom, a Chinese firm that works closely with the Chinese Ministry of State Security. Nortel has provided its "Personal Internet" suite to the MSS, allowing authorities to monitor and track nearly half of China's individual Internet users.

Nortel is currently working with the communist authorities in Shanghai to build a "Shasta 5000" firewall. The firewall allows the red thought police to monitor and track subscribers who access Internet web sites judged inappropriate by the communist government.
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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"Seriously, this is like Lucy and Charlie Brown and the football. Every time..."
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8 comments:

JA Goneaux said...

From my daily Stratfor e-mail:

There's something strange underway in China. It's still at the "dog that didn't bark" stage. But here's the critical point: forecasting is art as much as science, and the trick-knees and queasy bellies in our Intel department are working overtime right now. Join Stratfor now to see what's keeping our team up nights.

The Olympics are kicking off in a week. It's supposed to be China's big party, their emergence onto the global stage demonstrating they're open for business. So why this incongruous behavior?

- Why have they stopped issuing business visas for travel to Shanghai?

- Why are regional banks defying the central government on international investment decisions?

- Why are a whole host of contradictory policies on foreign direct investment being imposed, "refined," and pulled?

kursk said...

All the promises made to the world that China would become 'more responsive' and 'open' if they gained the Olympics, have turned out to be so much smoke and mirrors.

Instead, what has happened is that the Chinese govt now see's getting the Olympics as vindication of their policies and tacit approval of the way they do business.All the west has done in supporting these games is to be the enablers of China's brutal, oppressive regime.

More of the same old, same old from the folks who brought you Tiananmen Square...

JA Goneaux said...

Kursk: yes, we'll just have to put that into the not-exactly-skinny "communists lied: who knew?" folder.

Seriously, this is like Lucy and Charlie Brown and the football. Every time...

Neo Conservative said...

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and, of course, you point this stuff out... the leftbots show up and call you a racist.

lord love a duck.

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Anonymous said...

At least Google.cn does indicate that it is removing results, so you know it is censoring, as opposed to the border gateways that simply drop packets they don't like and your browser hangs until it times out.

As far as I know, Google refuses to provide Blogger in China, since they do not want to be involved in tracing bloggers. They will track a blogger here, at the request of law enforcement, if they issue credible death threats for example, but in China law enforcement is called in simply for disagreeing with the government.

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... as opposed to the border gateways that simply drop packets they don't like"

still doesn't mean yahoo and google aren't party to a monstrous societal evil.

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Anonymous said...

still doesn't mean yahoo and google aren't party to a monstrous societal evil.
So add Microsoft to that list. You've heard of the "NSA Key" embedded in the guts of every windows system, right? That is said to be a giant back door for the holder of said key. It doesn't really matter which government is spying on you, it is still a monstrous societal evil.

That's partly why these companies are "cooperating" with the Chinese. Just to make sure they keep using Windows, so we can break in when the time comes.

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... So add Microsoft to that list."

not that i actually believe that any corporate identity has a conscience... but the smart money says... that one's a myth.

but hey... if you have more info, i'm always willing to learn something.

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