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Wed, Jul 15, 2015

LinkedIn: technological and financial giants; but morally pygmies

When LinkedIn decided to create a China-hosted version of its website in February, 2014, it made a decision to compromise the company's values in the pursuit of the dollar.

It's important to note that before LinkedIn launched LingYing (the local version of the site), LinkedIn was already active in China. By their own account, they had four million registered users (with little marketing effort), a Chinese-language interface and China-based clients who were buying recruitment ads on the platform (the major source of their revenue). The site had been blocked by the authorities for one 24-hour period but otherwise was always accessible.

So why was it necessary for LinkedIn to create a local entity in China? With a local entity the company would be able to issue official receipts in RMB, making it more convenient for local companies to buy advertising on the site. A local entity also makes it easier to secure marketing deals to promote LingYing in China.

But perhaps the biggest appeal in creating a local entity for LinkedIn is that it would be among the few foreign internet companies who could cosy up with Lu Wei and the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). Having that kind of a relationship with CAC surely helps the business and those who are associated with the company.

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Twitter: GreatFireChina RT @RTKcn: RT @Geekliang: QQ 在 google play 上评价已经这样了… 干得好… retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina RT @miki725miki: @kaspersky what the hell? I never got notified that you are installing root cert. #unacceptable cc @ivanristic http://t.coretweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina RT @balepapapa: 原来可以无耻到这种程度=_= retweet

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Twitter: GreatFireChina Chinese restrictions on Ramadan, if implemented elsewhere, would cause "bloody incidents on a mass scale" retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina RT @Vela1680: 中共的政府网站竟然被3389工具爆开… retweet

Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Twitter: GreatFireChina "Collateral damage" in Australia, altho arguably Aussies likely won't use VPNs to circumvent via @glynmoody retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina Great summary of diff. views on HK constitutional reform also hoping that ESWN goes back to regular updates retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina China’s Schools Delete Notices Ordering Them to Nominate Internet Propagandists retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina Dispatches: Stop the Foot-Dragging on Assange retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina RT @the_intercept: Snowden Docs: NSA and GCHQ relentlessly attack popular anti-virus software, like Kaspersky http:/… retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina RT @shinwood: Taylor Swift 只不过发了一篇 Tumblr 的帖子而已,就让苹果改变既定策略,影响力可见一斑。 retweet

Mon, Jun 22, 2015

Twitter: GreatFireChina .@jimmy_wales "Censoring Wikipedia is an admission that unbiased factual information frightens you." retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina .@daschles - Bloomberg has "set an awful precedent" in China; reporters get visas h/t @niubi retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina RT @matthew_d_green: This, from Google's motion to quash a subpoena requesting @ioerror's records, is an amazing statement.
Twitter: GreatFireChina RT @matthew_d_green: Sorry, to be clear, that's from the government's response. Essentially the order must remain secret because providers … retweet

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Twitter: GreatFireChina @comradewong guess they are not getting tips from the website as @NatlParkService is blocked in China: retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina We Had Our Arguments, But We Will Miss You Wikipedia via @theworldpost retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina ‘It is not what we like to see’ – China’s government reacts to Hong Kong’s rejection of political reform plan retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina @beijingscribe they deleted it - do you have a screenshot? retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina Driving traffic from China to blocked websites via FreeBrowser. DM if you want to advertise on the start page retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina RT @medialens: Response from @TheSundayTimes editor Martin Ivens to being challenged on the #Snowden story. http://t… retweet

Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Twitter: GreatFireChina At 22m mark in this vid, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says he discusses every single govt request on censorship retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina What they fear: 600m Chinese "spreading contagious emotions" like "I don't care about the risks, this is time 2 act” retweet
Twitter: GreatFireChina Site blocked in China? Want to get it unblocked? Just call this guy & tell him we sent you. retweet