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Media and surveillance: Yahoo in China

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September 07, 2005

Media and surveillance: Yahoo in China

Stephen Baker

Where do I read the charges that Yahoo technology may have helped to implicate a jailed Chinese journalist? On Yahoo's news site.

Tech companies are not only growing into media giants, but also sprouting formidable surveillance tools. (Yahoo, according to the article, withheld comment and is looking into the matter.) One question: If it's true that the Chinese government can draw such intelligence from a tech company, who's to say that other governments won't follow suit? More from Reporters without Borders.

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It was strange how two stories ran about Yahoo this week. The first story was about phishing sites, "Spamhaus have accused Yahoo! of hosting thousands of illegal phishing sites according to this report at" and now this Chinese police story. I'm starting to feel like I'm in a fish story or the guy who is blogging from his fulfillment business as the thing falls apart as he blogs. If Yahoo has the sort of technology to identify this journalist for the Chinese police, how come they can't identify the phony phish sites? Something seems to be fishy with all of this. You should of seen the one that got away. Oh boy! I've got to blog this.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at September 7, 2005 08:46 PM

Sad state of affairs if it's true!

Posted by: PXLated at September 7, 2005 10:23 PM

You write:

If it's true that the Chinese government can draw such intelligence from a tech company, who's to say that other governments won't follow suit?

Where do you live? They do already! Your government, my government!

I don’t like the idea that companies like Yahoo, Google and any service provider is helping out the government in what they feel is “not good for them” and/ or "not good for their people".

I think, we have to start our fight against the tendency, to control what ever is possible, in our own countries! My government (in Germany and in many other countries) want access to more and more data and orders service providers to store this date and provide access. So does the US administration, which is also endangers the freedom of rest of the world by controlling communication and traffic worldwide (not only within the territory of the US).

If we can not stop our governments ...?

Posted by: Hugo E. Martin at September 8, 2005 04:56 AM

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