Hmmmm ... where to begin.
Olympic probe into gymnasts' ages:
The governing body of world gymnastics has asked China to provide more proof that none of its gold medal-winning women's team were under age. The International Olympic Committee had asked gymnastics chiefs to investigate a number of "apparent discrepancies". Chinese passport records appeared to show their gymnasts were aged 16 or above, which met Games regulations. But questions about their ages have been raised via reports in papers and online, claiming some may be just 14.
China accused over iTunes outage:
BEIJING, China (AP) -- Customers in China of Apple's iTunes online music store were unable to download songs this week, and an activist group said Beijing was trying to block access to a new Tibet-themed album. In Internet forums, iTunes users complained they had been unable to download music since Monday. That was a day after the Art of Peace Foundation announced the release of "Songs for Tibet," with music by Sting, Alanis Morissette, Garbage and others, and a 15-minute talk by the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader. Michael Wohl, executive director of the New York City-based group, said he believed the album was the reason for the iTunes interruption, though he had no proof.
Probe into gymnast He Kexin could rule soon - but censorship stops online debate
News of the investigation has set the Olympics abuzz, but the reports have been hidden from ordinary Chinese. None of the major Chinese news websites has published the story and some where reports of the inquiry had appeared have been closed down. This has not prevented some online debate – although several chatrooms where debate had been heated earlier in the day have since been shut down as site hosting companies censor what could be a sensitive topic. Many Chinese were indignant, if not furious, at the doubts raised over the eligibility of a new national heroine. BYY wrote : "People said this all along: you should prevent press freedom being used by enemies. Now look at the impact that has put China on the back foot."
The China syndrome:
IT WAS John Gilmore, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who said that the internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. For years, the Chinese authorities have done their best to prove him wrong. Now a group of hackers has launched an attempt to stamp out censorship there - and they want your help to do it. Earlier this month week the Chaos Computer Club, a German-based hacking group, used its website, ccc.de, to launch a toolkit designed to help journalists reporting from the Olympic Games get uncensored access to Western websites. The toolkit was made available to journalists on a USB key that the CCC calls the Freedom Stick.