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HRIC has resigned from the Global Network Initiative (GNI), the multi-stakeholder group founded in 2008 to advance freedom of expression and privacy in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. As a founding member and former board member of the GNI, HRIC has actively contributed...
In a Congressional hearing today, faced with questions from multiple members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee about Google’ s controversial Dragonfly Project—a search engine in development designed to meet the censorship requirements of the Chinese government—Google CEO Sundar Pichai...
HRIC joins 70 NGOs, individuals in an open letter led by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International to urge Google to drop the development of a censored search engine for the Chinese market. OPEN LETTER: RESPONSE TO GOOGLE on PROJECT DRAGONFLY, CHINA AND HUMAN RIGHTS To: Sundar Pichai, Chief...
This week, international media reported with some alarm the news that Google is building a version of its search engine for mobile users in China that is designed to restrict information flow by filtering out search terms including human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest...
On June 5, Shi Tao, former editor of “Contemporary Business News,” issued a statement protesting the deletion of contents from his WeChat “Moments,” and condemning WeChat for having become a shameful accomplice to powerful officials. Afterwards, he registered for a NetEase account. Despite being...
Translation by HRIC In August 2007, the Financial Times reported that at least five Chinese Internet entrepreneurs had introduced websites similar to Twitter. This was barely one-and-a-half years after the original Twitter was introduced on March 21, 2006. At present, if a website model has found...
Translation by Wen Huang The Internet has created room for the birth and development of civil society in totalitarian countries. In the past two years, social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have developed at an amazing speed in non-democratic countries. They have become the...
Many Internet users are aware that they ought to look for a padlock icon in their web browsers when doing something important online. Some users understand that the padlock is supposed to indicate that their communications are “secure”—confidential and in some sense authentic.
March 24, 2010 1 China Update Let us start with an update on Google’s situation in China. We launched Google.cn, our Chinese search engine, in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in...
HRIC: Can you please introduce Domini Social Investments, and explain more generally what a social investment fund is? Adam Kanzer: Domini Social Investments is a mutual fund manager based in New York. We manage approximately $1 billion for individual and institutional investors. We focus...

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