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Google boss Schmidt labels China an ‘IT menace’
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt uses a new book to call China an Internet menace that backs cyber-crime for economic and political gain, reports say.
The New Digital Age – due for release in April – reportedly brands China “the world’s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information”.
China is “the most sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign companies, according to a review obtained by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
China denies allegations of hacking.
Beijing has been accused by several governments, foreign companies and organisations of carrying out extensive cyber espionage for many years, seeking to gather information and to control China’s image.
The New Digital Age analyses how China is dangerously exploiting an Internet that now permeates politics, business, culture and other aspects of life, the WSJ says.
It quotes the book as saying: “The disparity between American and Chinese firms and their tactics will put both the government and the companies of the United States at a distinct disadvantage.”
This, it says, is because Washington “will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play”.
The book argues that Western governments could do more to follow China’s lead and develop stronger relationships between the state and technology companies.
States will benefit if they use software and technology made by trusted companies, it suggests.
“Where Huawei gains market share, the influence and reach of China grow as well,” the WSJ quoted the authors as writing.
The WSJ this week said its computer systems had been hacked by specialists in China who were trying to monitor its China coverage.
It was the second reported attack on a major US news outlet in days, as the New York Times reported earlier that Chinese hackers had “persistently” penetrated its systems for the last four months.
China’s foreign ministry dismissed the New York Times’ accusations as “groundless” and “totally irresponsible”.
With all the evidence available, it is obvious that China is lying through its teeth. Not only that, but they must think we are totally stupid to believe their denials.
I have no doubt that the Americans and others are also hacking the Chinese net. I am not painting the west as lily white.
But one has to wonder at the technological gains that China has made in the last few years, they didn’t do it all so fast on their own.
Vietnam jails dissident bloggers
Vietnam has jailed three bloggers accused of spreading anti-government propaganda, in a case criticised by human rights groups.
The high-profile but brief trial took place in Ho Chi Minh City under heavy security.
The trio were given jail sentences of between four and 12 years.
The government, which does not allow freedom of expression, has been under pressure from bloggers over corruption cases and human rights issues.
The three were accused of posting political articles on a banned website called Free Journalists’ Club, as well as articles critical of the government on their own blogs.
Nguyen Van Hai, who uses the pen name Dieu Cay, received the longest sentence of 12 years.
Former policewoman Ta Phong Tan, who also wrote a blog called Justice and Truth, was sent to jail for 10 years. In July, her mother died after setting herself on fire in front of a government office – it is not clear if the act was in protest at her daughter’s detention or connected to other disputes, the family say.
The third dissident writer, Phan Thanh Hai, was jailed for four years.
The case of Dieu Cay, who was a soldier before he became a dissident writer, was raised by US President Barack Obama earlier this year.
“I just feel frustrated by injustice, corruption, dictatorship which does not represent the state but some individuals,” Dieu Cay told the court on Monday.
“According to Vietnamese laws, citizens have the right to freedom of speech and it is in accordance with international treaties to which Vietnam is party,” he said before the audio feed was cut off, AFP news agency reports.
I can see the day very soon when the people will rise up against these turds.
To jail the bloggers at all, but for such long sentences shows just how scared and paranoid the government is.
Read my original post: When governments are afraid of blogs for more background on this case
Then there is s need for blogs.
Blogs are the voice of the people. It doesn’t matter if the blogger is a housewife, or a journalist. They are people voicing their opinions.
If the opinions are anti-government, then there is something wrong with the government, not the people voicing their opinions.
Vietnam prime minister targets anti-government blogs
Vietnam’s prime minister has hit out at three blogs critical of the government, ordering that those behind them be ”seriously punished”.
A statement on a government website said PM Nguyen Tan Dung had ordered police to investigate and take action against those responsible.
He has also ordered civil servants not to read the blogs, which he said, had “agitated against… the state”.
Media in Vietnam is state-owned and operates under strict regulations.
Three blogs – including the popular Dan Lam Bao (People Doing Journalism) and Quan Lam Bao (Officials Doing Journalism) – were named in the government statement.
“This is a wicked plot of the hostile forces,” the statement said, adding that the blogs had “slandered the country’s leadership, fabricated and distorted information, agitated against the party and the state, and caused suspicion and mistrust in society”.
Two of the blogs said they would keep publishing, with one saying its bloggers were prepared to be jailed.
The government, which does not allow freedom of expression, has been under pressure from a number of blogs and bloggers over corruption cases or human rights issues.
“Dan Lam Bao and its companions are prepared to be repressed and imprisoned rather than leading the life of a dumb dog that dares not to bark, subservient to those who abuse their power,” one of the blogs being targeted said in response to the statement.
Quan Lam Bao began publishing only in May but quickly became one of the most popular blogs in Vietnam.
It mostly publishes unverified sensational news about the power struggle at the top of the leadership and details of personal lives of Communist Party leaders, says the BBC’s Nga Pham.
In an atmosphere lacking information and transparency, it offers a glimpse – albeit unsourced in many cases – into the secret world of these leaders, our correspondent says.
The blog also clearly targets the prime minister and this may be the reason why he is targeting the blog, she adds.
Human Rights Watch has accused the Vietnamese government of jailing dozens of bloggers and peaceful activists.
In July, the mother of a prominent blogger died after setting herself on fire to protest against the detention of her daughter, Ta Phong Tan, who is among a group of bloggers facing charges of anti-state propaganda.
Any government, Vietnam included, who is afraid of blogs has good reason, because the blogger is the power of the people.
Any government who controls any form of media needs to be removed.
Vietnam is not alone in this struggle, there are many countries around the world who are in the same boat; even the ‘mighty’ USA dictates what mainstream media can and cannot print.