Oiwan Lam

Am now a free lance researcher, translator and editor.

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11 March 2017

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

"...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…"

23 January 2017

China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs

The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.

30 December 2016

In 2016, a Toxic Political Smog Spread Over China and Hong Kong

For more than two weeks, 23 Chinese cities have been under a red alert warning citizens to take extreme precautions in light of a toxic smog that has invaded their territories. The...

8 December 2016

A Major Leak Exposes How Chinese Loan Sharks Make Female Debtors Take Nude Selfies

Taking nude photos in exchange for a loan may seem bizarre, but that's exactly what's happening in China. A major online leak has cracked the scheme wide open.

30 November 2016

Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say

"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."

23 November 2016

Complaint of Moldy Buns Triggers Wave of Harassment at Chinese University

A student was forced to make a public apology after accusing his school cafeteria of selling moldy buns. He has now left Weibo, after receiving a flood of harassing comments.

19 November 2016

No Surprise: Backdoors and Spyware on Smartphones is the Norm in China

"We are so used to the leaking of personal data. We don’t care about government surveillance anymore. We are nobody."

15 November 2016

Chinese State Media CEO Challenges Tencent’s Power Over Online News

Xu, who has 33 years of experience working in media, is now openly expressing concern that Internet corporates may soon be more powerful than the state and the party.

26 October 2016

Leaked Xinjiang Police Report Describes Circumvention Tools as ‘Terrorist Software’

The report describes using VPNs as an indicator of criminality, or a “pre-criminal” behavior, perhaps a harbinger of tighter restrictions to come.

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

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