八问 GlobalWebIndex

GlobalWebIndex于本周发表了世界互联网使用状况的最新报告,其中关于中国的部分令人震惊。该报告认为Twitter(推特),Facebook(脸书)和Google+的中国用户增长迅速(如下图)。但有一个问题即这些网站在中国都无法直接访问,因此,本站认为GlobalWebIndex所得的数据有问题(TheNextWeb也是)。

 

这份报告所展示的正是本站所希望的也是本站的目标所在,但不是事实。我们当然也希望中国的网民能自由地,畅通无阻地访问互联网。可惜他们不能!他们无法访问国外的许多网站,甚至国内网站的某些信息也无法获得。防火长城不是什么神话,它存在于现实中。中国当局将会很高兴看到该报告,并会以此证明中国不存在网络审查。
 
有鉴于此,我们有几个问题要请教GlobalWebindex:
  1. 推特,脸书和Google+上的中国注册用户有多少?你们的数据认为推特上有7千万中国用户(来源于你们的推),脸书有1亿2千5百万用户(来源于你们的推,尽管你们报告上(第17页)的数字是4以5千万),而Google+则有1亿5千万(也来源与你们的报告)。
  2. 这其中有多少活跃用户呢?你们认为推特上有3千5百40万(贵站的博客),但eMarketer认为有3千5百50万(emarketer的文章),脸书有6千3百万,Google+上有1亿6百万(都来源于贵站的报告)。跟其他国家相比,活跃用户的比例有可能这么高吗?----推特(47%),脸书(50%),Google+(71%)。
  3. 贵站报告的中国地区包括香港,澳门,台湾吗?
  4. 如果中国的推特活跃用户比美国的还多,那为什么推特上最受中国用户欢迎的帐号只有562,250个关注者呢?(而且帐号还是由外国人运营),而且它比最受美国用户欢迎的推特帐号(@ladygaga:2千9百万关注者)以及新浪微博上最有人气的帐号(姚晨:2千4百万关注者)要逊色许多!
  5. 如果脸书上有上千万中国用户,为什么他们自己的数据显示只有60多万?
  6. 如果LinkedIn.com有1千6百万中国用户,脸书则有近乎其4倍的中国用户,那为什么AlexaI的中国顶级网站排名它们分别只排第267位第482位呢?
  7. 什么是“虚拟云网络”?你们又如何用它来规避网络审查?你们调查了中国用户如何绕过防火长城吗?依我们的经验来看,像无界浏览和自由门这类免费的翻墙工具远比商业VPN更受欢迎。当然,我们缺乏这方面的数据,也希望能深入调查。
  8. 你们或者Lightspeed 公司是如何在中国开展调查的?调查问卷使用中文吗?如果是,那你们如何翻译Twitter, facebook, Google+的?问卷放在哪个网站上?该网站在中国能访问吗?

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星期三, 3月 19, 2014

Bing Bests Baidu Censorship

Abstract

Independent research from Xia Chu has shown that, in addition to non-China content, Bing censors a vast amount of content that is hosted inside China and which is not censored by China-based internet companies like Baidu. After communicating our issues with Microsoft, Bing removed certain censorship rules (kudos to Bing), but much work remains to be done.

We recently called for Microsoft to release its transparency report for Bing (as have others - full disclosure, Rebecca sits on our advisory board).  Microsoft has yet to respond to this request. But Xia’s independent research of Bing’s China censorship policy could be regarded as a de facto transparency report for the search engine.

In this thorough study, the results of which we have verified, Xia examined Bing's SERP (search engine results page) for over 30,000 sensitive and nonsensitive query terms, and launched these queries from both inside and outside of China. Comparing and examining these results, plus querying with special search operators, reveals unprecedented detail on Bing's China filtering practices.

The main findings from Xia’s research include:

  • Bing has a list of “forbidden” terms where no results are shown. 139 such terms have been identified.

  • Bing has a blacklist of websites that it never shows to China users. 329 such websites are identified. (5 have been lifted after our communication with Microsoft.)

星期四, 2月 13, 2014

Setting Bing's Broken Record Straight

We can also now trace complicit Bing Chinese censorship back to 2009 as highlighted by Nicholas Kristof. It looks like Microsoft has indeed changed its censorship mechanism after our research made headlines this week. But Bing is still seriously flawed on two fronts: its algorithm favors pro-Chinese government websites by default on all search terms in simplified Chinese and their front end mistakenly delivers explicit censorship of search results on some search terms for users from all over the world.

星期三, 2月 12, 2014

No error here: Microsoft deploying Chinese censorship on global scale

Microsoft says: “The results themselves are and were unaltered outside of China”. This is simply not true.

星期二, 2月 11, 2014

Bing在全球实行中国式审查

星期四, 1月 23, 2014

中国在”精英的海外资产“报道后大量封锁外媒网站

国际调查记者同盟发布“机密文件披露中国精英的海外资产”后,中国大量封锁外媒网站。 以下网站都是因为转发此新闻被封锁。以往中国很少封锁外语网站。

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