Archive | August, 2010

Internet and Democracy

30 Aug

After reading Morozov’s article, I doubt that the power of governments’ internet censorship can do against technology and the raising sense of freedom of speech. We all know that some countries use internet censorship to control any data and information which spread on the Internet. Take China for instance, as far as I know, China has “the great firewall” to block people in China to get on Facebook, Youtube and many other websites. Also, they cannot find anything politically sensitive such as the Tiananmen Square incident on websites. However, the interesting thing is, in spite of the strict control from government, people in China can still find the way reach the “real” virtual world. There is much software they can find online to “unblock” the block website. That is, even if the Chinese government tries to prevent people gain or spread information from the Internet, there is always a way for people breaking through the block. Just like the days before First Amendment, there were many documents and articles which still was wide-spreading underground in every possible way. I think that with higher pressure, the power of the public feedback will be stronger. The public feedback will be like a slow revolution against government.

The other thing which I think about is the Google.cn case. Google announced that they may withdraw from China at January 2010 since the suspicious cyber attack toward Gmail serve and the Chinese government’s filter. However, July 2010, Google announced on their official blog that they had renewed their ICP license and would continue to serve users in China. From this case, first thing I thought about is “why did Google compromise?” Yet, after reading Google’s announcement precisely, I am confused by who is really the one compromised. In the announcement, Google clearly pointed out “we stay true to our commitment not to censor our Google.cn and give users access to all of our services from one page.” Actually, Google.cn only provides music and translating functions now. Clicking the search bar on Google.cn, it will redirect users to Google.hk which seems to be an “unfitered” search engine. Which means, Google still withdrew the most important searching function from China but can still stays in Chinese market. From the report here, we can see that Google definitely won in the business side. In my opinion, I think that Google may also create a step in democracy aspect in China. Of course, can Google defeat the local search engine Baidu or not is another story…

http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~johnswu/index.html

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/update-on-china.html

http://www.newsy.com/videos/china-renews-google-s-license

I honestly don’t like to introduce myself……

26 Aug

Hi everyone,

My name is Chen-Ting Chen and I am a second year master student of Advertising. I come from Taiwan and had worked at an advertising agency for two years. From my working experience and the past year studying, I realized that new media is an inevitable trend/tool for advertising. That’s why I took the course. Hope my sharing in the class will be interesting and helpful for everyone. Nice to meet you guys!