China and the Internet's Turbulent Relationship: the Monday Round-Up
China has been all over tech news this week - Anonymous China, updates to the Great Firewall, and censorship are among the top stories. Check out our China-related news and others we're reading:
- The hactivist group Anonymous has a new Chinese branch called Anonymous China, which last week hacked and defaced hundreds of Chinese websites.
- A paper published in First Monday looks at the extent of Internet censorship in China. The China Center at Brookings releases a study on the relationship of "strategic distrust" between the U.S. and China.
- Team Cymru discovered in December that China's Great Firewall has been updated to block Tor bridges. Now, Swedish researchers discover how access to the bridges is being blocked and suggest possiblities for circumvention.
- Thinking about moving your organization's projects to the cloud? ENISA releases a guide to assess the security of cloud-based service providers, including monitoring tips.
- A paper presented at Digital Humanities Australaisia 2012 maps out the Australian Twittersphere, focusing on Twitter traffic during natural disasters.
- DailyTekk has a list of the Top 100 Twitter Tools of 2012, and the 50+ best ways to curate your social media and news content.
- What kind of information does Facebook release when it's subpoenaed? In the case of the Craigslist killer, anything and everything on your profile, including your friends list and tagged photos.
- Doing the impossible: a guide to deleting content from the Internet.
- Tanzania launches a TV campaign to educate its citizens in preparation for digital migration. The government plans to migrate to digital broadcasting by 2015.
- Press freedom remains up for debate more than a year after the Arab Spring, particularly in Iran and Lebanon where a few proposed laws threaten online freedom of speech.
- OpenNet Initiative takes a look at global Internet filtering in 2012, while a House Foreign Affairs panel approves legislation that would bar U.S. companies from helping foreign governments censor the Internet.
- Google publishes research on Internet usage in sub-Saharan Africa.
- A tool that disguises Tor traffic as Skype video calls can be used to get around Internet blocks in repressive governments.
- Al-Qaeda is hit by a massive cyberattack, and cybercriminals mount new malware schemes in advance of the London Olympics.
- Berkman Center publishes a paper detailing the impact of the Internet on Russian politics, media, and society, and two weeks ago Internews held a panel discussion on the same topic.
- A village chief in Kenya uses Twitter to fight crime and recover stolen property.
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