Aspiring citizen reporter and veteran blogger Wen Yunchao continues his NetNews This Week blog column following his first week as the new Blog Editor at Chinese web portal Netease, beginning with mention that the Beijing 2008 Olympics blog started by Chinese Sports Illustrated reporter Sohu and Sina blogger Guan Jun (aka Gua Erjia) has been shut down.
NetNews This Week August 16, 2007: Opening and Closing
The “The Beijing Olympics, I don't support them” blog has been deleted
Incorruptible Warrior Online hastily dropped
On the morning of August 14, Incorruptible Warrior Online
‘s official website ‘The China Anti-Corruption Culture Gaming Net’ suddenly announced: “in accordance with notice from the relevant departments, this website will be shut down, and all related content will be transfered to other websites.” The webmasters, however, did not disclose the reason for the website's closure. Incorruptible Warrior Online is an internet game jointly released by the Chinese Communist Party
Disciplinary Committee and Ximen neighborhood Party Working Committee of Haishu district in Ningbo
city to promote anti-corruption messages. Following its move to open registration, due to players’ feedback of the game's crude design and making it the butt of many jokes online, the game only lasted a week. Some netizens say that the internet is not a place for achievements in political projects to be flaunted.
AnyP clears up rumors of the website's closure
On August 14, AnyP
released an announcement aiming to clarify on rumors of the website
‘s imminent closure. The announcement read: “due to individual content found on this blog which violates the relevant laws and regulations, in accordance with superior departments’ demands, a full-scale and thorough investigation into the material will be carried out, during which time external services will be suspended.” Also stated in the announcement was that AnyP “is seeking to restore service by means of a third-party internet service provider as quickly as possible, at the same time working hard to secure restoration of AnyP's services themselves.” On August 9, AnyP founder Zhang Jingjun wrote on his own blog that AnyP's blog service operations were canceled for reasons related to content. A blog service provider for many years already, AnyP ceased service one month ago, giving rise to much speculation throughout the industry on the reason for AnyP's having been shut down.
“Tiger Temple” launches “Grassroots Reporting Trip”
On August 10 blogger “Tiger Temple”
set out from the Beijing Olympics
‘ “bird's nest
” on his bike and began his “grassroots reporting trip” which will take him through four provinces. He plans to ride through Shanxi
, Inner Mongolia
to carry out a field investigation, observing the opinions of those in the countryside, and through blogging provide live reporting of what he sees and hears. “Tiger Temple” explains that text, photos and video of everything he comes across during the trip will be posted to his blog, as well as live blog updates via cellphone. According to what some netizens have revealed, on the 16th a directive was issued by the Department of Propaganda
ordering news media to not report on this, and that any reports that are done are not allowed to make use of terms like “Citizen Reporter”, “Civilian Journalist” etc.
People's Daily editorial calls on officials to face up to the Internet Age
“The most expensive blog in history”
The boss of one cultural development corporation in Beijing Yuan Zhiyong
plans to spend five million CNY
to market his own blog. He is preparing to have a photo of his blog's address set as the desktop image in internet bars of fifty-one mid-size to large cities that will include Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin
and others throughout his designated target six regions of the country, as well as having each computer's Home page set to his blog. At present, he's successfully signed over two thousand contracts with various websites and individual net bars, with the value of these cooperations ranging from several thousand to several hundred thousand CNY each. Netizens are calling his blog “the most expensive blog in history”. However, bloggers who have checked out his blog feel the content to be outdated and lacking in quality, and knowing that five million CNY will be spent on promoting it leaves them “quite unconvinced that he's got his senses about him.”
China's first successful lawsuit against malicious software
8 月15日，即奇虎网起诉北京阿里巴巴公司不正当竞争案宣判，法院认为，阿里巴巴旗下的雅虎助手干扰奇虎360的正常运行和安装，并且在用户选择“不删除” 的情况下，违背用户指令强行删除360软件，构成了不正当竞争，为非法行为。法院判令阿里巴巴赔偿原告八万元，并且连续七天在官方网站上向奇虎公司致歉。有媒体称这是中国首个反恶意软件的胜诉案，由于国内相关法律缺失，导致此前几个类似的官司均以失败告终。
On August 15 the verdict
was delivered in Qihoo
‘s unfair competition case
against Alibaba, with the court seeing Alibaba's Yahoo
Assistant as hindering Qihoo 360's regular service and installation, and illegally constituting unfair competition in the forced deletion of 360 software through its violation of users’ commands to “not delete” . The court ordered
Alibaba to compensate the defendant eighty thousand CNY as well as to post an apology to Qihoo on Alibaba's official website for seven continuous days. Some media are calling this case China's first successful lawsuit against malicious software; due to insufficient related laws in China, several similar lawsuits prior to this one ended in defeat.
Relevant response to item (1) here, which speculates on the reason there’s “no need to go around asking” about, and which reproduces a rude Bullog deletion notice.
It’s kind of interesting to compare that with Sina’s latest iteration of gentle, overly-apologetic deletion notices. They both accomplish the same thing, but Sina’s sound fake while Bullog’s attitude seems to be “You know the restrictions we’re all operating under, so f**k you for putting this server in a sensitive situation.”
Propaganda like this is never a good idea. Many times my own dear George Bush and his right wing republican cronies have tried this and failed.
Here are couple examples (link in sig):
– Paid Bloggers Stoke Senate Battle in Va.
– The two leading South Dakota blogs – websites full of informal analysis, opinions and links – were authored by paid advisers to Thune’s campaign. (aka “Jeff Gannon”)
And noble causes like press freedom in China completely twists into political sabotage and undue foreign influence when Reporters Without Border’s CIA funding comes to light.