Oiwan Lam

Am now a free lance researcher, translator and editor.

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22 May 2017

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.

16 May 2017

Why is China Home to Half of the Computers Infected With WannaCry Ransomware?

Chinese computer users may be more vulnerable to the attack as many commonly use unlicensed (i.e. pirated) or outdated versions of Windows OS and thus do not receive security updates.

5 May 2017

Wanna Share News on Social Media? With China's New Rules, You'll Need a Permit For That.

"It is like asking us to uninstall all the communication tools or else whenever you speak, you could violate the law."

28 April 2017

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Under China's "stability control" measures, it is increasingly common for netizens who are critical of the government to be summoned or detained by police.

10 April 2017

Satirical News Show ‘China Uncensored’ Censored by Apple in Hong Kong and Taiwan

"There is no point in disputing your app store decision with respect to mainland China…but Hong Kong and Taiwan [...] operate under independent legal systems."

28 March 2017

China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers

More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.

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.

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