Feeds

Chinese dissident grassed by Yahoo nears release

Wang Xiaoning completes porridge on Friday

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

A Chinese democracy advocate and journalist who was sent to jail for a decade after Yahoo! grassed him up to the authorities will be released this week.

Wang Xiaoning, who’s now 62 years-old, was jailed in 2003 for “incitement to subvert state power" after posting some essays critical of the Communist Party and praising democracy to Yahoo Groups.

The authorities then obtained from Yahoo vital information including his IP address, which made it far easier to trace the incriminating content back to Wang, the court revealed at the time.

Yahoo also came under fire a couple of years later when dissident poet Shi Tao was jailed for a decade after being accused of leaking state secrets to foreigners over email.

The cases caused widespread public outrage at the time, although Yahoo maintained that it was forced to comply with the government’s requests or face prosecution itself.

That didn’t stop then chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Tom Lantos referring to Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and general counsel Michael Callahan as a pair of “moral pygmies”.

Yahoo made matters worse by initially seeking to have a lawsuit filed by the Washington-based World Organization for Human Rights on behalf of several plaintiffs including Wang and Shi thrown out. The firm later graciously settled out of court.

Wang is now set for release on Friday, his wife Yu Ling told AFP.

"My goal is to get him home peacefully and avoid all trouble [from the authorities]," she added.

"His political rights have been deprived for two more years. I'm not really sure what this means, but they may continue to place restrictions on him." ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.