Thomas Crampton

Social Media in China and across Asia

Jonathan Zittrain

Google Publishes Censorship Status in China

Aug 18, 2010

Google Publishes Censorship Status in China

Google now shows which Google services are blocked in China. Updated daily, status is assessed by geographically diverse servers that are used to monitor connection capability. As mentioned in another recent post, another service I recommend for see censorship status in China is Herdict.

China and Iran Lead World in Blocking Web 2.0

Sep 2, 2009

China and Iran Lead World in Blocking Web 2.0

Herdict, an Internet censorship tracking service launched by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, has started aggregating their user-reported Internet blockages. Iran and China stand out in the reported number of blockages of Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. Interestingly, Mexico has quite a few blockages as well. Check out the site for more detailed

Herdict: Real time tracking of Internet censorship

Apr 1, 2009

Herdict: Real time tracking of Internet censorship

The recent blockage of YouTube in China brought a hitherto little-known site to prominence. That site, Herdict, is  brainchild of Jonathan Zittrain, author and Internet academic extraordinaire, who wanted to unleash Web 2.0 tools for tracking online censorship. A collaborative approach to reporting of Internet blocks can be particularly useful in countries like China, where

Jonathan Zittrain

Mar 29, 2009

Jonathan Zittrain

Although a highly accomplished academic, Jonathan Zittrain can speak to humanoids and has brought a number of practical advancements to the Internet. (Both are very rare qualities among academics) He acts as Co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and was previously Professor of Internet Governance and Regulations at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Davos Panel Prep: Can Web 2.0 Reduce Religious Strife?

Jan 22, 2009

Davos Panel Prep: Can Web 2.0 Reduce Religious Strife?

Preparing for another Davos session, in addition to the ones on Privacy and Asia’s digital ecosystems. This panel features Tony Blair and I will be a discussion leader on new media’s role in helping religious dialogue. Official title: How can new catalysts – such as the innovative use of technology and social media – stimulate

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