China

China’s Struggle with Online Censorship – New Lengths to Control the Internet

By |2016-01-15T11:14:11-04:00April 2nd, 2015|Blog|

One of the most prevalent types of censorship today is solely web-based.  The Chinese government's online blockade called the "Great Firewall" is one of the most famous examples. Usually acting out of what it considers defensive purposes, the "Great Firewall" operators have recently taken on a more offensive role that affects both China and the rest of the world: Cyber attacks [...]

NCAC Calls For Release of Ai Weiwei

By |2019-03-07T23:30:04-04:00April 8th, 2011|Blog|

NCAC is adding to the global community of artists and institutions calling for the immediate release of the renowned Ai Weiwei, one China's most innovative and socially engaged creators. He was arrested at Beijing Airport this week for "economic crimes", and he alleges that in 2009 the security police attacked and beat him. Check out our call to [...]

Google and the Snake

By |2019-03-14T17:36:33-04:00January 22nd, 2010|Blog|

It is, literally, an old story. In the legend of the boy and the snake, a venomous snake asks a boy for help, and promises not to bite him. When the snake bites the boy despite his help, and the boy asks why, the snake says, “because I am a snake.” The boy in the story learns an important lesson: [...]

Champions of free speech?: the Case of Google in China

By |2019-03-07T21:56:10-04:00January 21st, 2010|Blog|

When, a few years ago, Google agreed to China’s restrictions on the circulation of information and started google.cn, it claimed that “increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed [Google’s] discomfort in agreeing to censor some results.” Now, suddenly, Google is threatening to reverse its policy and close google.cn. This change of mind came [...]