China Says Internet Freedom Accusations Threaten Ties


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a major policy speech at Washington DCs Newseum yesterday, outlining the United State’s policy position towards Internet freedom and pulling few punches in criticizing states and regimes that exercise censorship and control over Internet access and content within their borders, characterizing those nations as attempted to construct an “Information Curtain” that harks back to the Cold War’s Iron Curtain. Clinton specifically called out Internet censorship operations in Tunisian, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and—of course—China, which runs the world’s most comprehensive Internet censorship operation.

Clinton noted that “technology does not take sides,” repeatedly characterized Internet freedoms in Cold War terms, and stated flatly that the United States is deeply committed to fighting for free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to assemble online, and that the United States would support technologies that enable those goals—including technology intended to help people bypass government-mandated Internet censorship.

Clinton’s policy speech is, of course, in the context of Google and other companies being targeted by cyberattacks in China, seemingly with the intent of accessing information about Chinese human rights activists. In an unusually outraged move, Google says it wants to stop censoring search results on its Chinese search engine, and has even threatened to withdraw from the Chinese market.

Although China itself has had comparatively little to say about the Google situation—basically asserting that companies doing business in China must obey Chinese laws—the Chinese Foreign Ministry wasted little time responding to Clinton’s Internet freedoms policy speech, saying Clinton’s stance damages relations between China and the West. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu characterized China’s Internet as “open,” and asserted that the United States government was using cries for Internet freedoms as a cover to level “baseless accusations” against the Chinese government. Opinion makers in Chinese media—which, of course, is heavily monitored and controlled by government authorities—polemicize the issue even more, characterizing Western nations’ calls for Internet freedoms as little more than cultural imperialism.

Regardless of how the current situation with Google in China resolves, Clinton’s policy speech for the first time put online and Internet freedoms into play as a component of the United States’ broader foreign policy platform.


Apple loses battle to use Intel modems in Germany in latest clash with Qualcomm

Apple is following the Federal Trade Commission's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.
Home Theater

10 apocalyptic TV shows that make the end of civilization binge-worthy

There are plenty of ways civilization can get wiped out, and it can make for some great TV. Each of these series showcases a terrifying event that changes civilization as we know it. These are the best post-apocalyptic shows on TV.

Russia will ‘unplug’ from the internet as part of a cyber-defense test

Authorities across Russia are planning on unplugging the country from the global internet as part of a test of its cyber defenses. The disconnection will briefly keep all internet traffic inside the country.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. Here are some of the best subreddits to get you started.

Use one of these password managers to help protect yourself online

The internet can be a scary place, especially if you don't have a proper password manager. This guide will show you the best password managers you can get right now, including both premium and free options.

Is the 5G spectrum harmful to our health? Experts say, 'Don't freak out'

There's plenty of consumer anxiety about radiofrequency (RF) radiation, specifically around millimeter waves (mmWave) used on 5G networks, but is it based in reality? We asked the FDA to give us its official view on the subject.

YouTube beats Apple, Netflix as the most trusted brand by millennials

The popular video sharing website YouTube climbed up in an annual Mblm study, moving up from third place in 2018 and coming ahead of both Apple and Netflix in final 2019 rankings. 

These are the coolest games you can play on your Google Chrome browser right now

Not only is Google Chrome a fantastic web browser, it's also a versatile gaming platform that you can access from just about anywhere. Here are a few of our favorite titles for the platform.

Gmail adds lots of new functionality to its right-click menu

Right-click on an email in Gmail and the list of actions is pretty limited. That's about to change, though, as Google has just announced it's expanding the list of options to make its email client that little bit more useful.

Tired of paying a monthly fee for Word? The best Microsoft Office alternatives

Looking for a competent word processor that isn't Microsoft Word? Thankfully, the best alternatives to Microsoft Office offer robust features, expansive compatibility, and an all-too-familiar aesthetic. Here are our favorites.

File Transfer Protocol explained: What FTP is and what it does

FTP stands for "File Transfer Protocol," and it's used to transfer files online. Most internet users don't need it, but web developers use it constantly. Here's what FTP is, how it works, and how you can get started using it.

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.

Lose the key for your favorite software? These handy tools can find it for you

Missing product keys getting you down? We've chosen some of the best software license and product key finders in existence, so you can locate and document your precious keys on your Windows or MacOS machine.