China's 600 Million Searchers Push Global Internet Toward Censorship | Shai Oster | | Asia |
A few days before the anniversary of China’s crackdown in Tiananmen Square this June, Patrick Poon posted a video commemoration on his LinkedIn Web page. The Hong Kong-based researcher for Amnesty International soon got a message saying the post was prohibited in China so it had been blocked from the site -- and by extension from users worldwide.“I was shocked,” said Poon. “I didn’t expect a foreign social media company would ever send such a message to clients.”As its Internet population grows and its companies become global powers, China is using domestic tactics like censorship and fake Twitter accounts to shape public opinion abroad.“They’re thinking about this as a global game,” said David Bandurski, editor of the China Media Project at the University of Hong Kong. “It’s no longer just a question of domestic control and international image.”Click headline to read more and watch Bloomberg TV video news clip--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc