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Will tech firms challenge China's 'open' internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it. When that event is China’s annual global internet get-together in Wuzhen there are plenty who turn up, but fewer who want to advertise their attendance. China has been smart and ruthless in its control of the internet within its borders. It blocks some foreign sites all together and it censors – heavily – what Chinese are allowed to see. Nonetheless the big idea at this gathering…

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China's VPN developers face crackdown

China recently launched a crackdown on the use of software which allows users to get around its heavy internet censorship. As the BBC’s Robin Brant in Shanghai found, developers are facing growing pressure. The three plain-clothes policemen tracked him down using a web address. They came to his house and demanded to see his computer. They told him to take down the app he was selling on Apple’s App Store, and filmed it as it was happening. His crime was to develop and sell a piece of software that allows…

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Honour of Kings: China's most vilified online game

Chinese internet giant Tencent insists its profits won’t take a hit from a decision to limit the time children can play one of its most popular games. Access to Honour of Kings is now restricted to one hour a day for children aged under 12 and two hours for children between 12 and 18. The limits were put in place after the government-owned People’s Daily labelled the game “poison” and called for more regulations. What is Honour of Kings? Also translated as Kings of Glory, Honour of Kings is a…

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