CHINA TIGHTENS WEB CONTROLS TO KNOCK OUT PROXIES, GOOGLE


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Dr. Jai Maharaj

China Tightens Web Controls to Knock Out Proxies, Google

By Fang Yuan
Radio Free Asia
Thursday, June 8, 2006

Hong Kong - China has tightened its already firm grip on
the Internet, with a slew of new controls that make
access to the Internet outside China harder than ever,
Web users said Wednesday.

Chengdu-based Web site operator Deng Yongliang said
Google's international search engine, which the company
left filter-free after agreeing with Beijing to allow
censorship of its google.cn version, was now almost
unusable.

"It's been very difficult to get anything in recent
weeks, around the anniversary of June 4," Deng told RFA's
Mandarin service.

"Really I haven't managed to get anything at all. It's
also been very hard to use any of the censorship-busting
software like Dynapass and Freegate. Because the
government has really been putting a lot of effort into
cracking them," he said.

"So we can't get onto international Google, and we can't
use this software any more."

Deng also complained that many e-mails to friends were no
longer getting through, without specifying where the
friends were in the world.

In the past, if I couldn't get into international Google,
I'd just use a proxy server. Now you can't even get in
with a proxy. I heard that access to proxy servers had
been very effectively blocked now,

Li Xinde, citizen journalist and editor of Yulun Jiandu,
a Web site known for exposing official corruption Deng's
account tallied with that of other Internet users within
China.

Li Xinde, a citizen journalist whose Yulun Jiandu Web
site is known for exposing official corruption, said the
government was even managing to block the use of proxy
servers, previously a handy loophole in the Great
Firewall that surrounds China's Internet users.

Press watchdog complains "In the past, if I couldn't get
into international Google, I'd just use a proxy server.
Now you can't even get in with a proxy. I heard that
access to proxy servers had been very effectively blocked
now," Li told RFA reporter Fang Yuan.

The Paris-based press freedom group, Reporters Without
Borders (RSF) said Tuesday that Internet users in many
major Chinese cities had had difficulty in connecting to
the uncensored international version of Google for the
past week.

RSF linked the new and unprecedented levels of censorship
to the 17th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown
on June 4, which is already a banned keyword for
Beijing's system of filters.

It said the uncensored version of the search engine was
totally inaccessible throughout the country on 31 May.
The blocking then gradually extended to Google News and
Google Mail. "So the Chinese public is now reduced to
using the censored Chinese versions of these services,"
it said.

"It was only to be expected that Google.com would be
gradually sidelined after the censored version was
launched in January," RSF said.

"Google has just definitively joined the club of Western
companies that comply with online censorship in China. It
is deplorable that Chinese Internet users are forced to
wage a technological war against censorship in order to
access banned content."

It said Beijing's formidable Web police had also largely
managed to neutralize software designed to sidestep
censorship since 24 May.

Such software as Dynapass, Ultrasurf, Freegate, and
Garden Networks is normally used by about 100,000 people
in China to gain access to news and information that is
blocked by the firewall isolating China from the rest of
the World Wide Web, the group said.

But Li said he didn't believe the new levels of filtering
and censorship were directly connected to the June 4
anniversary.

"Yes, it's a sensitive time," he said. "But I don't think
it's really connected to this. This has been going on for
a long time now. As soon as the authorities succeed in
blocking us, the anti-censorship software upgrades to a
better version to get around them. And then the
government manages to block it again, and it upgrades
again."

Municipal authorities in the capital Beijing have also
revoked the licenses of six Web sites and temporarily
shut down 12 Internet service providers for
"rectification" during a 90-day city-wide crackdown.

More than 858,000 yuan (U.S.$107,000) in fines were
collected from 35 Web sites and Internet service
providers who allegedly violated Beijing regulations.
Thirty unlicensed Internet cafes were also shut down and
446 computers confiscated.

Software engineers based abroad have been trying to
update the censorship-busting programs on the basis of
information they have received from Internet users inside
China.

A new version of Dynapass was released a few days ago,
but its effectiveness is still extremely limited, RSF
said.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/2006/06/08/china_webcontrols/

- - - - - - -

Imagine living in a police state where visiting the wrong
website can disappear you in the middle of the night.
Where the State even tells you how you can breathe, not
to mention where. Imagine the People's Republic where the
People live in constant Fear. The People's Republic of
Fear

Posted on 6/10/2006 by at bay

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

-To: at bay

And now for the tagline....

Posted on 6/10/2006 by at bay ("We actually did an
evil....." Eric Scmidt, CEO Google)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
End of forwarded messages

Jai Maharaj
http://tinyurl.com/a5ljc
http://www.mantra.com/jai
Om Shanti

Hindu Holocaust Museum
http://www.mantra.com/holocaust

Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy
http://www.hindu.org
http://www.hindunet.org

The truth about Islam and Muslims
http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate

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Marko

China Tightens Web Controls to Knock Out Proxies, Google

By Fang Yuan
Radio Free Asia
Thursday, June 8, 2006

Hong Kong - China has tightened its already firm grip on
the Internet, with a slew of new controls that make
access to the Internet outside China harder than ever,
Web users said Wednesday.

Chengdu-based Web site operator Deng Yongliang said
Google's international search engine, which the company
left filter-free after agreeing with Beijing to allow
censorship of its google.cn version, was now almost
unusable.

"It's been very difficult to get anything in recent
weeks, around the anniversary of June 4," Deng told RFA's
Mandarin service.

"Really I haven't managed to get anything at all. It's
also been very hard to use any of the censorship-busting
software like Dynapass and Freegate. Because the
government has really been putting a lot of effort into
cracking them," he said.

"So we can't get onto international Google, and we can't
use this software any more."

Deng also complained that many e-mails to friends were no
longer getting through, without specifying where the
friends were in the world.

In the past, if I couldn't get into international Google,
I'd just use a proxy server. Now you can't even get in
with a proxy. I heard that access to proxy servers had
been very effectively blocked now,

Li Xinde, citizen journalist and editor of Yulun Jiandu,
a Web site known for exposing official corruption Deng's
account tallied with that of other Internet users within
China.

Li Xinde, a citizen journalist whose Yulun Jiandu Web
site is known for exposing official corruption, said the
government was even managing to block the use of proxy
servers, previously a handy loophole in the Great
Firewall that surrounds China's Internet users.

Press watchdog complains "In the past, if I couldn't get
into international Google, I'd just use a proxy server.
Now you can't even get in with a proxy. I heard that
access to proxy servers had been very effectively blocked
now," Li told RFA reporter Fang Yuan.

The Paris-based press freedom group, Reporters Without
Borders (RSF) said Tuesday that Internet users in many
major Chinese cities had had difficulty in connecting to
the uncensored international version of Google for the
past week.

RSF linked the new and unprecedented levels of censorship
to the 17th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown
on June 4, which is already a banned keyword for
Beijing's system of filters.

It said the uncensored version of the search engine was
totally inaccessible throughout the country on 31 May.
The blocking then gradually extended to Google News and
Google Mail. "So the Chinese public is now reduced to
using the censored Chinese versions of these services,"
it said.

"It was only to be expected that Google.com would be
gradually sidelined after the censored version was
launched in January," RSF said.

"Google has just definitively joined the club of Western
companies that comply with online censorship in China. It
is deplorable that Chinese Internet users are forced to
wage a technological war against censorship in order to
access banned content."

It said Beijing's formidable Web police had also largely
managed to neutralize software designed to sidestep
censorship since 24 May.

Such software as Dynapass, Ultrasurf, Freegate, and
Garden Networks is normally used by about 100,000 people
in China to gain access to news and information that is
blocked by the firewall isolating China from the rest of
the World Wide Web, the group said.

But Li said he didn't believe the new levels of filtering
and censorship were directly connected to the June 4
anniversary.

"Yes, it's a sensitive time," he said. "But I don't think
it's really connected to this. This has been going on for
a long time now. As soon as the authorities succeed in
blocking us, the anti-censorship software upgrades to a
better version to get around them. And then the
government manages to block it again, and it upgrades
again."

Municipal authorities in the capital Beijing have also
revoked the licenses of six Web sites and temporarily
shut down 12 Internet service providers for
"rectification" during a 90-day city-wide crackdown.

More than 858,000 yuan (U.S.$107,000) in fines were
collected from 35 Web sites and Internet service
providers who allegedly violated Beijing regulations.
Thirty unlicensed Internet cafes were also shut down and
446 computers confiscated.

Software engineers based abroad have been trying to
update the censorship-busting programs on the basis of
information they have received from Internet users inside
China.

A new version of Dynapass was released a few days ago,
but its effectiveness is still extremely limited, RSF
said.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/2006/06/08/china_webcontrols/

- - - - - - -

Imagine living in a police state where visiting the wrong
website can disappear you in the middle of the night.
Where the State even tells you how you can breathe, not
to mention where. Imagine the People's Republic where the
People live in constant Fear. The People's Republic of
Fear

Posted on 6/10/2006 by at bay

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

-To: at bay

And now for the tagline....

Posted on 6/10/2006 by at bay ("We actually did an
evil....." Eric Scmidt, CEO Google)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
End of forwarded messages

Jai Maharaj
http://tinyurl.com/a5ljc
http://www.mantra.com/jai
Om Shanti

Hindu Holocaust Museum
http://www.mantra.com/holocaust

Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy
http://www.hindu.org
http://www.hindunet.org

The truth about Islam and Muslims
http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate

o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational
purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not
have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the
poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for
fair use of copyrighted works.
o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read,
considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current
e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number.
o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are
not necessarily those of the poster who may or may not have read the article.

FAIR USE NOTICE: This article may contain copyrighted material the use of
which may or may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright
owner. This material is being made available in efforts to advance the
understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic,
democratic, scientific, social, and cultural, etc., issues. It is believed
that this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as
provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title
17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without
profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included
information for research, comment, discussion and educational purposes by
subscribing to USENET newsgroups or visiting web sites. For more information
go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this article for purposes of
your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the
copyright owner.

Good day Sir!

Cheers,
Marko.
 
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mbl*

Reading some of the anti-PRC propaganda s*** directed at China Web
traffic, censorship is the only option! Other countries should copy!
 
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demorising

mbl* said:
Reading some of the anti-PRC propaganda s*** directed at China Web
traffic, censorship is the only option! Other countries should copy!

Translation: China can't win any of the arguments, so censorship is the
only option!
 
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mbl*

Would you accept such anti-US rhetoric from Cuba, Mexico, Argintina etc
willingly? Sure you accept it from US citizens with Libertarian views,
but from a gringo, that's different? No?
 
D

demorising

mbl* said:
Would you accept such anti-US rhetoric from Cuba, Mexico, Argintina etc
willingly? Sure you accept it from US citizens with Libertarian views,
but from a gringo, that's different? No?

Anti-US rhetoric from Fidel Castro (Cuba), Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), and
Evo Morales (Bolivia) is printed and air regularly in US media. So it
is accepted by everyone, but it has little effect. CCP on the other
hand is afraid of the reasonable arguments put forth against it.
 
M

mbl*

CCP is currently a totalitarian country. Those are their rules. The US
has immigration rules that exclude some people? Is that in keeping with
the declaration on the Statue of Liberty?
 
F

fastillion

I love it!

FREE SPEECH FOR CHINA - and REMOVE IT IN AMERICA

Force China to have what they dont want. Then, take it away from
Americans, because information the cattle are not supposed to have is
too dangerous

Hahahahahaha
 
D

Dr. Jai Maharaj

I love it!

FREE SPEECH FOR CHINA - and REMOVE IT IN AMERICA

Force China to have what they dont want. Then, take it away from
Americans, because information the cattle are not supposed to have is
too dangerous

Hahahahahaha

There's no doubt that censorship exists throughout
the world, China and other commie regimes have it worst.

Jai Maharaj
http://tinyurl.com/a5ljc
http://www.mantra.com/jai
Om Shanti
 
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mbl*

It's really not so funny! Freedom of speech plus Liberalism may yet
prove to be a curse to America and western civilizations. What is
freedom of speech or information if it is laced with misinformation and
propaganda? Do you think all the conspiracy theories, and propaganda
about terrorists, and hate and anger, helpful to unify the American
people, or has it in fact divided the American people? Is your blood
pressure normal or is it so high you are about to have a heart attack
with all the propaganda that is floating about? People love
sensationalism, and stimulation, and the more sinister, the more
newspapers sell. Can you tell what is fact and what is fiction these
days? Even the CIA and FBI were fooled on 9/11. Are you left or are you
right? Which is the honest and correct information? There are facts and
there are Conspiracy Theories, and there is propaganda and there is
stuff you find here, i.e. s***.
 
L

ltlee1

mbl* said:
It's really not so funny! Freedom of speech plus Liberalism may yet
prove to be a curse to America and western civilizations. What is
freedom of speech or information if it is laced with misinformation and
propaganda? Do you think all the conspiracy theories, and propaganda
about terrorists, and hate and anger, helpful to unify the American
people, or has it in fact divided the American people? Is your blood
pressure normal or is it so high you are about to have a heart attack
with all the propaganda that is floating about? People love
sensationalism, and stimulation, and the more sinister, the more
newspapers sell. Can you tell what is fact and what is fiction these
days? Even the CIA and FBI were fooled on 9/11. Are you left or are you
right? Which is the honest and correct information? There are facts and
there are Conspiracy Theories, and there is propaganda and there is
stuff you find here, i.e. s***.

1. Special interest groups

"The ad campaign[against the Clintion health plan] was false, but it
was working. In fact, a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, published March
10 in an article titled "Many Don't Realize It's The Clinton Plan They
Like," show that when people were asked about our[Clinton's] health
plan, a majority oppose it. But when asked about what they wanted in a
health plan, the major provision that were actually in our [Clinton's]
plan were all supported by more than 60 percent of the people. The
article said, "When the group is read a description of the Clinton
bill without identifying it as the President's plan and of the four
other leading proposal in Congress, the Clinton plan is the first
choice of everyone in the room.

The poll authors, the Republican and one Democrat, are quoted as
saying, "The White House should find this both satisfying and
sobering. Satifying because the basic ideas which they have drawn up
are the right ideas in the view of many people. But sobering because
they clearly have communicated very little to the public and in the
that respect have ceded too much to the interest groups."
(MY LIFE by Bill Clintion, p.595. Square brackets mine.)

2. Besides outright lying, the media use exaggeration to boost their
sale.
Such exaggerations are often harzardous to the health according to
Richard Restak

"But the media is probably the greatest contributor to
anxiety to our culture. In his book, "THE CULTURE OF FEAR",
sociologist Barry Glassner observed that "any analysis of
the culture of fear that ignores the media would be patantly
incomplete, and of the several institutions culpable of creating
and sustaining fears the news media are arguable first among
equals." And while Glassner wrote about "fear", his
observations are actually more descriptive of anxiety.

Certainly, on our local and national news programs, crime and
disasters make up by far the greatest portion of the broadcast.
Nor are the newsmagazines any different. They adhere to the
operating principle that we live in the midst of untold number
of threats to our physical and mental health. As Glassner put
it, "the guiding principle seems to be that no danger is too
small to magnify into a national nightmare."

"In short, in order to sell newspapers, boost TV ratings, or
peddle commercial products, it helps to create anxiety in readers,
viewers, and purchasers."

"Like an epidemic, an infodemic results in widespread dissemination;
but with an infodemic, the "organism" misinformation---isolated
facts mixed with speculation and rumor anxious relayed worldwide via
the instant communication made possible by the internet, laptops,
wireless, pages, faxes, and email."

(Quoted from "POE'S HEART AND THE MOUNTIAN CLIMBER" by Richard Restak)
 
A

Al Klein

Is there a freeware proxy or other software that
can outsmart the ChiCom censors and bring whatever
little Internet freedom China had?

Yes ... until they realize that the proxy is being used to get around
their policies. Each proxy should be good for one or two messages.
Setting one up and notifying the people behind the blocks is a lot
more effort - much more than 2 messages worth.
 
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ltlee1

mbl* said:
It's really not so funny! Freedom of speech plus Liberalism may yet
prove to be a curse to America and western civilizations. What is
freedom of speech or information if it is laced with misinformation and
propaganda? Do you think all the conspiracy theories, and propaganda
about terrorists, and hate and anger, helpful to unify the American
people, or has it in fact divided the American people? Is your blood
pressure normal or is it so high you are about to have a heart attack
with all the propaganda that is floating about? People love
sensationalism, and stimulation, and the more sinister, the more
newspapers sell. Can you tell what is fact and what is fiction these
days? Even the CIA and FBI were fooled on 9/11. Are you left or are you
right? Which is the honest and correct information? There are facts and
there are Conspiracy Theories, and there is propaganda and there is
stuff you find here, i.e. s***.

1. Special interest groups

"The ad campaign[against the Clintion health plan] was false, but it
was working. In fact, a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, published March
10 in an article titled "Many Don't Realize It's The Clinton Plan They
Like," show that when people were asked about our[Clinton's] health
plan, a majority oppose it. But when asked about what they wanted in a
health plan, the major provision that were actually in our [Clinton's]
plan were all supported by more than 60 percent of the people. The
article said, "When the group is read a description of the Clinton
bill without identifying it as the President's plan and of the four
other leading proposal in Congress, the Clinton plan is the first
choice of everyone in the room.

The poll authors, the Republican and one Democrat, are quoted as
saying, "The White House should find this both satisfying and
sobering. Satifying because the basic ideas which they have drawn up
are the right ideas in the view of many people. But sobering because
they clearly have communicated very little to the public and in the
that respect have ceded too much to the interest groups."
(MY LIFE by Bill Clintion, p.595. Square brackets mine.)

2. Besides outright lying, the media use exaggeration to boost their
sale.
Such exaggerations are often harzardous to the health according to
Richard Restak

"But the media is probably the greatest contributor to
anxiety to our culture. In his book, "THE CULTURE OF FEAR",
sociologist Barry Glassner observed that "any analysis of
the culture of fear that ignores the media would be patantly
incomplete, and of the several institutions culpable of creating
and sustaining fears the news media are arguable first among
equals." And while Glassner wrote about "fear", his
observations are actually more descriptive of anxiety.

Certainly, on our local and national news programs, crime and
disasters make up by far the greatest portion of the broadcast.
Nor are the newsmagazines any different. They adhere to the
operating principle that we live in the midst of untold number
of threats to our physical and mental health. As Glassner put
it, "the guiding principle seems to be that no danger is too
small to magnify into a national nightmare."

"In short, in order to sell newspapers, boost TV ratings, or
peddle commercial products, it helps to create anxiety in readers,
viewers, and purchasers."

"Like an epidemic, an infodemic results in widespread dissemination;
but with an infodemic, the "organism" misinformation---isolated
facts mixed with speculation and rumor anxious relayed worldwide via
the instant communication made possible by the internet, laptops,
wireless, pages, faxes, and email."

(Quoted from "POE'S HEART AND THE MOUNTIAN CLIMBER" by Richard Restak)
 
A

Al Klein

It's really not so funny! Freedom of speech plus Liberalism may yet
prove to be a curse to America and western civilizations. What is
freedom of speech or information if it is laced with misinformation and
propaganda?

So let's outlaw neoconservatism. Coulter's no liberal, but she's the
queen of disinfo. (That is, she would be, if anyone with any
intelligence took her seriously.)
Do you think all the conspiracy theories, and propaganda
about terrorists, and hate and anger, helpful to unify the American
people, or has it in fact divided the American people?

The people in America come in 3 groups - liberals, conservatives - and
the neocons, who are trying to use the differences between them to
tear the country apart and maintain the dictatorship.
Even the CIA and FBI were fooled on 9/11.

Hardly. But it sure seems as if you were.
 
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