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Father of Great Firewall forced to remove microblog

BEIJING – The man widely seen as the architect of China’s vast Internet censorship system known as the “Great Firewall” has had to take down his microblog after a storm of criticism by web users. Fang Binxing, the 50-year-old president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, removed his microblog…

WikiLeaks website blocked behind Chinese firewall

WikiLeaks website blocked behind Chinese firewall amid potentially embarrassing claims China, one of the biggest Internet policers, took no chances with the latest online sensation and blocked the WikiLeaks website Wednesday amid potentially embarrassing claims made in leaked U.S. diplomatic memos posted there. Attempts to access wikileaks.org and cablegate.wikileaks.org were…

Rights groups urge US funding to break China’s Internet firewall

A coalition of human rights campaigners on Tuesday urged the US government to fund efforts led by the Falungong spiritual movement to circumvent Internet censorship in China and other nations. Congress approved 30 million dollars in the 2010 budget to combat cyber censorship in China, Iran and elsewhere. But lawmakers…

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