China Will Force Users Of Web Services To Register Their Real Name From March

typing China began cracking down on VPN services last month, and now the country’s internet regulator has turned its attention to domestic websites and services. New regulations announced by the Cyberspace Administration of China today [link in Chinese] require users of social media, websites, forums, and other online services to register their real name and official ID from March 1. Read More

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Evernote’s Chinese Service Disables Public Note Feature

Evernote China Yinxiang Biji Evernote’s Chinese service, Yinxiang Biji, has temporarily disabled its public note feature, a spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch today. It’s unclear why public notes was taken down or when it will be restored. We’ve asked the company for more information. Yinxiang Biji (a separate service launched by Evernote especially for China) users can continue sharing and… Read More

Gmail Now Even More Inaccessible In China

 China has made it increasingly difficult to use Google services, including Gmail, this year. Now Gmail users are blocked from a workaround that allowed them to access their emails through third-party services. Previously, people could still downl…

A Former Sony Pictures Exec Defends The Decision To Pull ‘The Interview’

The Interview Late last week, TechCrunch had a chat with former Sony Pictures Chief Digital Strategy Officer Mitch Singer to discuss the motivations that likely went into Sony deciding to pull “The Interview” from theaters and the implications of that decision. Read More

To Get Off Russia’s Blacklist, GitHub Has Blocked Access To Pages That Highlight Suicide

github russia GitHub is slowly navigating the tricky waters of Internet censorship in Russia, using its own platform to track how it’s doing it in an effort to remain transparent, but also agreeing to block pages that the regulator says offend content regulations. “We have since blocked access within the Russian Federation to the specific content which was flagged as prohibited by law… Read More

China Even Censors Information About The Weather

Russia Blocks Ukrainian Activists Websites For Encouraging “Terrorist Activity”

As Russia continues its military intervention into the revolution-rocked Ukraine, authorities are now blocking 13 activist websites on the Russian social media network, VKontakte. The Russian Prosecutor’s General Office ordered the agency’s overseeing media, Roskomnadzor, to block off dissident websites, accusing them of encouraging “terrorist activity,” reports the AP.… Read More