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14 August 2013

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Taiwanese Government Alters Search Engine Ads to Favor Nuclear Energy Policy

Activists in Taiwan are fighting to halt the operation of nuclear power plant that could be highly hazardous for the island state. Early this week, a Yahoo! search on anti-nuclear activists' names suddenly began yielding ads linking to a government website promoting nuclear energy.

26 June 2013

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Taiwan: Internet Policy Reforms Spark Fears of Censorship

Since this spring, the Taiwanese government has proposed multiple policy reforms that have sparked concerns of Internet censorship among Taiwanese netizens. Some are comparing these amendments to Chinese-style speech control, while others have observed the influence of the United States behind the legislation.

8 June 2012

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Taiwan: Facebook's Deactivation of User Accounts Triggered Free Speech Concerns

Several Taiwanese activists and politicians had their Facebook accounts suspended on June 1st, which triggered Taiwanese users' concern over the limitation on free speech.

3 December 2011

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For Chinese Netizens, SOPA is Another Great Firewall

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which expected to brought to a vote in U.S. House of Representatives before the end of the year, has spawned sarcastic commentary around the Chinese-language Internet. The Chinese government has long been criticized by Americans for obstructing the free flow of information through a filtering system popularly known as the Great Firewall. Now it is Chinese neitzens' turn to sneer at proposals for a Made-in-America Great Firewall.

6 July 2011

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Taiwan: Blogger subjected to US7,000 compensation for writing food critics

A Taiwanese blogger was sentenced to 30 days detention with a 2 year probation and subjected to a TWD200,000 (approximately USD7,000) compensation for writing food critics in her blog. The court in Taichung city stated that her comment was not based upon objective fact and hence defamatory. Defamation is a...

4 January 2011

Taiwan restricting the press?

Reports suggest Taiwan is restricting the press and Freedom House has downgraded the island nation in its annual global free press report. According to The Christian Science Monitor, “Freedom of speech and press are among the most lauded achievements of Taiwan’s democratic transition since martial law was lifted more than two decades...

8 April 2010

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Taiwan: Police ask for Plurkers’ IPs

Plurk is the most popular micro-blogging platform in Taiwan. Recently, in March 29 2010, one of its founder Alvin Woon posted a plurk, saying that he had been receiving letter from police asking for the IP information of some of the plurkers’ accounts. However, the police did not present any...