A few days later, the Post published a letter from ABA President Paulette Brown stating that the association “is concerned about recent legal developments in China and is following them closely, hoping that conditions will evolve to allow for ongoing international collaboration with Chinese lawyers, which has been mutually beneficial. The ABA is proud of its long-standing commitment to the rule of law and human rights,” she wrote. “There was a real obligation there for the ABA to speak out for our colleagues who are lawyers and who are targeted for being lawyers. I’m with the camp that is rather distressed about that,” says Hom. “Why does this require the international community to speak out? If you care about rule of law in China, this is clearly an attack on one of the strongest pillars in China to build a rule of law or respect rule of law.” … [Read more...] about China’s latest crackdown on lawyers is unprecedented, human rights monitors say
“When China regulates [online] pornography, that clearly falls within the exemption. When it is filtering information on human rights, that’s a lot harder to fit within the exemption,” says Derek Bambauer, an associate professor at Brooklyn Law School. The public order exception applies only against threats to a “fundamental interest of society,” he says. “It is hard to argue that one-party rule is a fundamental interest of society.” … [Read more...] about Breaking China
“Why do bloggers care about RSS feeds, and, specifically, Google Reader?” he asks. “Quite simply (unless you are Scott Greenfield), most humans and legal bloggers are incapable of sitting down at a computer and repeatedly coming up with ideas for intelligent, interesting posts. Yes, you may be able to do it for a day or a week or possibly even a couple of weeks, but blogging is a marathon and not a sprint. Can you do it every day for several years? I don’t think so. … So please excuse me and my fellow legal bloggers while we mourn and possibly whine about this a bit.” … [Read more...] about What’s the upshot of the Google Reader shutdown for bloggers and the rest of the (not) free world?
In a separate case, the Chinese branches of the Big Four accounting and consulting firms (Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and PricewaterhouseCoopers) were sued by the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission in 2012 for noncompliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the 2002 statute that requires accounting firms to supply documents to the SEC. The firms responded by claiming that compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley would be a violation of Chinese law and would subject them to severe penalties. … [Read more...] about Chinese companies doing business in the US build barriers to legal remedies
Telegram stayed up, and so has Zello. But as RKN tried to shut down Telegram, thousands of other sites suffered collateral damage. Because of RKN’s wholesale shutdown of platforms that Telegram was using, Russians found they could not buy airline tickets, access Google products like Maps or Gmail, transfer or withdraw money, use Spotify or Amazon Web Services, purchase insurance policies or play online games. By April 25, RKN had received 42,000 complaints of disrupted website service, which were dismissed out of hand as “not containing correctly formulated complaints.” … [Read more...] about Russia’s New Internet Crackdown—and How Tech-Savvy Citizens Are Trying to Thwart It