Tag: <span>Internet Governance</span>

Flickr is FILTERED

Flickr is FILTERED, suddenly but not astonished, because we have used to be filtered without any notices and reasons. According to William Long, The way of filtering are simple, effective and as rude as it was. The two domain names that are used to store the photos are listed in some famous fire wall (farm1. static. flickr. com and farm2. static. flickr. com — spaces are added after each dot. I know it is not necessary since blocked domain name are listed differing to the content list, but nothing is impossible. I mean, OK, rape me, I know I’ve no choice and I’ve used to it, but tell me before doing it, please).


Who is the next? Gmail? Feedburner? Netvibes? or, the whole INTERNET out of the border, no, out of their control? They don’t care your murmur since you are nothing, and they believe, for the profits, those companies will knock their door after self-castration.

One may ask: but who will love an eunuch? My answer is: they will not be regarded as disables since no comparation here, and furthermore, eunuches may be a better choice than rapists.

Real Name Card in Internet Cafes: Unreasonable Reg

In most legal Internet Cafes in mainland China, one has to provide his / her  "real name card" when he / she hopes to login on a computer and surf the line. The name, resident ID number and other information are integreted in these cards and they are granted by some goverment angencies. The government officers seem believe these cards can prevent the breach of the law when internet users surfing the line.

I can’t imagine how this regulation can be implemented since the cost of implementation is so high that no goverment agencies are capable to check whether the users are really using their own "real name cards". The old Chinese saying tells us that stopping up the speaking is more difficult than blocking up the river.

Actually, before using the "real name card", one has to provide his / her Resident ID Card in the Internet Cafes. I can’t understand the distinct between these two cards in controling the acts of the internet users. So even we ignore questioning the legitimacy of controling speaking, what is the reasonable argument for this redundant regulation can still be problematic. Also, the old Chinese saying remindes us "it is stupid to sell water to fisherman".

The regulation of using Real Name Card will only be benifit to the manufacturer of Real Name Cards. I dare not and have no evidence to suspect the relationship between manufacturers and the goverment agencies. However, it is of cause will increase the possibility of corruption. And, to prevent this corruption, extra cost will be paid definitely. Are the bills really be printed without the contribution of tax payers? 

Some Useful Links on China Internet Governance

Internet Governance in China is an aspect of my research topics. The following is a list of some useful publicated materials on the topic. I believe this collection is very copyrightable even it is just a rough version. This list is also contributed by Dr. Zhao Yun, so please at least mention our name (Zhao Yun and Dong Hao) and the URL of this site (www.blawgdog.com) after you use it.
Click HERE to see the details.

IGP launches Chinese website

The Internet Governance Project announced today that its website is now available in  Chinese. "We view it essential that one of the world’s largest Internet user community  have access to the global debate on Internet governance," said IGP Operations Director  Brenden Kuerbis. "In anticipation of the upcoming Internet Governance Forum, all  individuals, the private sector and governments must have access to objective analysis of  issues of freedom of expression, content filtering, and competition policy surrounding  critical network resources."  While only providing limited translation at this point, IGP  plans to publish translations of key papers prior to the Forum.


Internet Governance Project

The Internet Governance Project (IGP) is an interdisciplinary consortium of academics with scholarly and practical expertise in international governance, Internet policy, and information and communication technology.

The goal of the Internet Governance Project (IGP) is to:

  • Inform and shape Internet public policy choices by providing independent analysis and timely recommendations.
  • Identify and analyze new possibilities for improving global governance institutions
  • Develop policy positions guided by the values of globalism, democratic governance and individual rights.