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Feb 042012
 

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Dec 242011
 

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Dec 242011
 

Per this article in the Wall Street Journal, Huawei Technologies Co. is in talks to sell video surveillance technologies to the Belarus government.

Huawei confirmed last week that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Belarus Ministry of Industry “to pursue discussions that could lead to agreements on a number of projects related to telecommunications.” The Chinese company says specific projects are unconfirmed and remain subject to formal contract negotiations.

The government of Belarus has been more specific about the talks. Huawei’s subsidiary in Belarus has been discussing the installation of a “video surveillance system with intelligent analysis,” which Huawei would set up in cooperation with a Minsk-based tech company, Belarus’s Ministry of Industry said in September.

It said the surveillance system “can be used for monitoring and protecting town centers, industrial plants or power and transport facilities, as well as important strategic assets, such as railway stations, airports or the state border of Belarus.” The ministry didn’t respond to a request to comment further.

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Dec 172011
 

From English.news.cn news that China is requiring users of to use their real names when registering for China’s microblogging sites.

According to the rules on Beijing’s microblog management, which went into effect Friday, web users need to give their real names to website administrators before being allowed to put up microblog posts.

Bloggers, however, are free to choose their screen names, said a spokesman with the Beijing Internet Information Office (BIIO), the city’s web content management authority.

“The new rules are aimed at protecting web users’ interests and improving credibility on the web,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Continue reading »