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A US court just ruled that censorship by search engines is a form of free speech

A US District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit March 27 that accused Chinese search engine Baidu of illegally suppressing free speech by censoring information about democracy movements in China on the internet. The decision raises some unsettling questions about the world’s dependency on a handful of search engines.

The group of activists who brought the suit said Baidu’s government-mandated censorship was preventing Baidu’s users in the US from seeing their work, and thus violated their right to free speech under the US constitution’s First Amendment. Judge Jesse M. Furman’s paradoxical conclusion was that forbidding Baidu from censoring results would be a violation of its right to free speech

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But the Chinese government’s sudden decision to restore access to Dropbox isn’t a sign that the San Francisco-based company will enjoy a sudden uptick in business from Chinese users. For one thing, connection to overseas servers from China is painfully slow, as Tech In Asia points out. Furthermore, domestic cloud storage services providers have proliferated over the past few years, thanks in part to support from the Chinese government.

Dropbox Now Accessible For The First Time In China Since 2010 | TechCrunch

In the call late last month, Mr. Winkler defended his decision, comparing it to the self-censorship by foreign news bureaus trying to preserve their ability to report inside Nazi-era Germany, according to Bloomberg employees familiar with the discussion. “He said, ‘If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China,’ ” one of the employees said. Less than a week later, a second article, about the children of senior Chinese officials employed by foreign banks, was also declared dead, employees said. Mr. Winkler said in an email on Friday that the articles in question were not killed. “What you have is untrue,” he said. “The stories are active and not spiked.”

Bloomberg News Is Said to Curb Articles That Might Anger China -

Mr. Vogel, a professor emeritus at Harvard, said the decision to allow Chinese censors to tinker with his work was an unpleasant but necessary bargain, one that allowed the book to reach the kind of enormous readership many Western authors can only dream of. His book, “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China,” sold 30,000 copies in the United States and 650,000 in China. “To me the choice was easy,” he said during a book tour of China that drew appreciative throngs in nearly a dozen cities. “I thought it was better to have 90 percent of the book available here than zero.”

Authors Accept Censors’ Rules to Sell in China -

Nine elite Chinese universities on Wednesday signed a statement in support of open inquiry, scientific integrity, and other academic values as part of a nascent effort to work with associations that represent many of the world’s top universities. The statement outlines the key components of a modern research university. It lists 10 fairly innocuous characteristics, such as a commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. But it is significant for Chinese higher education because it includes support for the right of universities to set their own priorities and “the responsible exercise of academic freedom by faculty to produce and disseminate knowledge.”

Top Chinese Universities Sign Statement Including Support of Academic Freedom - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

There is now an entire industry and profession dedicated to controlling—or attempting to control—China’s fast-moving social media world, where comments quickly go viral among the country’s 500 million internet users. The People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party is holding a four-day seminar this month where successful students can be certified as “public opinion analysts,” according to the Beijing Times report. Once certified, they’re eligible for jobs with China’s propaganda department, commercial companies, news websites or public relation firms.

China has more internet monitors than soldiers - Quartz

Stanford University mired in a family feud over the diaries of Chiang Kai-Shek

Stanford University is suing the descendants of former Chinese Nationalist Party leader Chiang Kai-shek in an attempt to resolve their fractious attempts to take possession of his diaries. The suit says the school doesn’t want to seize control of the papers—it just wants to know who to give them back to.

Chiang’s diaries were loaned to Stanford’s Hoover Institution for fifty years by Chiang’s grandson’s wife in 2004. They’ve since become the subject of a long-running dispute between Chiang’s relations in Taiwan and a mainland Chinese woman who said she is Chiang’s adopted daughter from his first marriage.

Now Stanford University is joining the fracas. The school’s board has asked descendants to “litigate amongst themselves,” Bloomberg reported, citing a suit filed by the university on Sept. 20. “Plaintiff is ready, willing and able to return” the papers “to the person(s) or entity(ies) legally entitled to it or parts of it, but under the circumstances, plaintiff does not know and cannot determine to whom” they belong, the lawsuit says.

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In order to welcome foreign companies to invest and to let foreigners live and work happily in the free-trade zone, we must think about how we can make them feel like at home,” one source told the South China Morning Post. “If they can’t get onto Facebook or read The New York Times, they may naturally wonder how special the free-trade zone is compared with the rest of China.

China will unblock Facebook, Twitter and The New York Times to boost its new free trade zone - Quartz

China has inked a deal to farm three million hectares (about 11, 583 square miles) of Ukrainian land over the span of half a century—which means the eastern European country will give up about 5% of its total land, or 9% of its arable farmland to feed China’s burgeoning population.

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When American high school students are discussing the latest models of airplanes, satellites and submarines, China’s smartest students are buried in homework and examination papers,” said Ni Minjing a physics teacher who is the director of the Shanghai Education Commission’s basic education department, according to Shanghai Daily, an English-language newspaper. “Students also have few chances to do scientific experiments and exercise independent thinking.

Chinese Educators Look to American Classrooms -