Internet users in the People’s Republic of China may not enjoy the same World Wide Web as the rest of the world, but their web viewing experience is edging closer to reality. The government of China is not the only administration to exercise the practice of internet censorship, but it is among the most notorious. Internet censorship in China is a complicated process that is constantly changing. This study found that it is still common for sensitive material to be unavailable in China but the severity of censorship is lessening. It was conducted in order to test the extent of control which the Chinese government has over what its internet users’ view on the internet. Through the longevity of this study and evaluations to past studies, it can be said the internet in China is becoming less controlled. The Great Firewall of China could be falling down. This could be leading to a better informed and more connected Chinese society.
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The Internet was going to liberate us, but in truth it has not. For every story about the web’s empowering role in events such as the Arab Spring, there are many more about the quiet corrosion of civil liberties by companies and governments using the same digital technologies we have come to depend upon.
Sudden changes in Facebook’s features and privacy settings have exposed identities of protestors to police in Egypt and Iran. Apple removes politically controversial apps at the behest of governments as well as for its own commercial reasons. Dozens of Western companies sell surveillance technology to dictatorships around the world. Google struggles with censorship demands from governments in a range of countries—many of them democracies—as well as mounting public concern over the vast quantities of information it collects about its users. Continue reading “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom”
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Depending on the source, Julian Assange, the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, is regarded as either a genius or terrorist, and this exploration of the man and the organization seeks to find the truth. Delving into the heart of the business of keeping and leaking secrets, this work shows how the enterprise of WikiLeaks and Assange is shrouded in mystery, but nonetheless, seeks to expose Assange as an intelligence asset tasked with sustaining the global status quo. Through careful analysis, interviews, and scrutiny of the organization as a whole, this inquiry gets to the bottom of the intriguing and mesmerizing story behind WikiLeaks.
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The advent of the cyber age fundamentally reduced our ability to protect our privacy: the main threat is no longer the extent of the personal information is collected by various surveillance systems of the government (or corporations)—but how the information is used. Once collected, information can very often be accessed and misused by anyone in the world. This book lays out the foundations for a privacy doctrine suitable to the cyber age and examines the implications of the availability of personal information to corporations and major federal agencies.
Chapters: Internet Censorship in the People’s Republic of China, Green Dam Youth Escort (绿坝·花季护航), Blocking of Wikipedia by the People’s Republic of China, List of Websites Blocked in the People’s Republic of China, Golden Shield Project, War of Internet Addiction, List of Words Censored by Search Engines in the People’s Republic of China, History of Internet Censorship in the People’s Republic of China, Very Erotic Very Violent, 50 Cent Party, List of Internet Phenomena in the People’s Republic of China, Big Mama, Elgoog. Excerpt: 50 Cent Party (Chinese : ; pinyin : W máo D ng), also called 50 Cent Army , refers to paid astroturfing internet commentators working for the People’s Republic of China , whose role is posting comments favorable towards the government policies to skew the public opinion on various Internet message boards. They are named after the 50 Chinese cents, or 5 mao, they are paid per such post, other names are red vests , red vanguard and the Five Mao Party . Conservative estimates put the strength of the 50 Cents Army at tens of thousands while other estimates put their numbers as high as 280,000 300,000. Their activities were described by Chinese President Hu Jintao as “a new pattern of public-opinion guidance”. They operate primarily in Chinese, but English language posts appear as well. Their effect is most felt at the domestic Chinese-language websites, bulletin board systems , and chatrooms . Their role is to steer the discussion away from anti-party articulations, politically sensitive or “unacceptable” content and advance the party line of the Communist Party of China . It has been argued that it is not so much censorship but a public relations tactic. According to the Indian Daily News and Analysis , “to this day, anyone who posts a blatantly propagandist pro-Communist …