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Stories about China

20 October 2015

Chinese Nationalist ‘Hawks’ Form Online Volunteer Army Against ‘Enemy Forces’

In addition to the Chinese Communist Youth League's online civilization volunteers, the right-wing nationalists are also self-organized, creating a online volunteer army to promote their ideas and silence critics.

30 September 2015

Malware Outbreak in App Store Alerts Tech Companies to Security Risks of China's Great Firewall

XcodeGhost has infected thousands of iOS apps and potentially affected hundreds of millions of users as WeChat was also inserted with the malware.

29 September 2015

Six Ways Pro-Government Forces Went After Hong Kong's Occupy Movement

"The [Occupy Central] movement suggests that both the Internet and Hong Kong are at a crossroads, that both cannot take its freedoms for granted," writes Lokman Tsui.

24 September 2015

Netizen Report: China Joins Russia in Crusade to Keep User Data at Government’s Fingertips

This week, a public outcry over encryption proposal sent Indian legislators back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders are re-centralizing power under the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council.

5 September 2015

Censored Memes, Search Terms and Images from China’s WWII Parade

Whilst the visible comments about the massive military parade on Weibo were overwhelmingly positive, posts which were removed and collected at showed users making fun of the occasion.

11 August 2015

Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites

If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.

7 August 2015

China Steps Up Internet Surveillance With “Cybersecurity Police Stations” at Major Websites

Until now, managing online discourse has been delegated to Internet content providers on a largely ad hoc basis.

30 July 2015

How China's Online Civilization Army Turned a Youth Street Fight into a Patriotic Struggle

"They just pick quarrels and fights all day long. Today vow to execute this and tomorrow execute someone else. Such patriotism is not loving one's country but hating one's country."

20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

11 July 2015

Legalizing the Great Firewall: China's New Cyber Security Law Would Codify Censorship, Shutdowns

A new comprehensive cyber security law in China would legalize censorship, authorize network shutdowns, and make real-name registration mandatory.