According to a recent report issued by Amnesty International, Chinese authorities have dramatically increased actions against citizens who express opinions or download information from the Internet. The report, "People's Republic of China: Controls Tighten as Internet Activism Grows" (http://news.amnesty.org/library/index/ENGASA170012004), contains details of actions against Internet users and makes specific appeals on behalf of eight individuals, including Huang Qi, a computer engineer from Sichuan who has been detained since June 2000 and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
INTERNET software developer HarvestRoad has been awarded a $900,000 AusIndustry research and development start grant.
The grants are awarded to Australian companies that are able to prove they are working on products with potential for international success.
HarvestRoad managing director Grame Barty said the grant would be used to develop the company's content management system.
Called Hive, the product is a browser-based application that separates the structure of the content from the way it is presented.
This allows content to be easily viewed on any type of device.