David Kirkpatrick

January 25, 2010

China doesn’t restrict internet freedom?

Filed under: Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:31 pm

Could have fooled its citizens, and companies forced to comply with government censorship demands to operate in the nation, I guess.

This is a hole Chinese officials might as well stop digging.

From the link:

China on Friday slammed remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promoting Internet freedom worldwide, saying her words harmed U.S.-China relations.

China resolutely opposes Clinton’s remarks and it is not true that the country restricts online freedom, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement on the ministry’s Web site.

Clinton’s speech and China’s response both come after Google (GOOG) last week said it planned to reverse its long-standing position in China by ending censorship of its Chinese search engine. Google cited increasingly tough censorship and recent cyberattacks on the Gmail accounts of human rights activists for its decision, which it said might force it to close its offices in China altogether.

Click here to find out more!China blocks Web sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and has long forced domestic Internet companies to censor their own services. Blog providers, for instance, are expected to delete user posts that include pornographic content or talk of sensitive political issues.

November 18, 2008

Hillary accepts …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:36 am

according to this Guardian article.

From the link:

Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.

Obama’s advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton’s foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. But Democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.

Clinton would be well placed to become the country’s dominant voice in foreign affairs, replacing Condoleezza Rice. Since being elected senator for New York, she has specialised in foreign affairs and defence. Although she supported the war in Iraq, she and Obama basically agree on a withdrawal of American troops.

Clinton, who still harbours hopes of a future presidential run, had to weigh up whether she would be better placed by staying in the Senate, which offers a platform for life, or making the more uncertain career move to the secretary of state job.

Update 11/21 — There’s been some discussion about this subject, but it seems to be a done deal.

August 12, 2008

Obama offers Hillary prime spot at convention

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:48 am

Looks like a pretty good peace-making move from the Obama camp.

From the link:

Hillary Clinton will have top billing on the second night of the Democratic convention later this month in Denver, Bar4ack Obama revealed this morning.

The announcement comes as Obama tries to douse embers of resentment among Clinton’s backers.

Obama’s campaign called the former first lady, who nearly upended his bid for the Democratic nomination in an extended and often bitter primary season, ‘a champion for working families and one of the most effective and empathetic voices in the country today’.

She will speak on Tuesday, August 26 – the 88th anniversary of U.S. women’s right to vote.