Stories about China

24 December 2015

On Taiwan, Facebook and the Politics of Trolling on the Chinese Internet

When Facebook became accessible in mainland China, trolls descended on a Taiwanese politician. What might happen if Facebook were to become permanently accessible in China?

15 December 2015

China's 2nd World Internet Conference Will Focus on ‘Rule of Law’, But Not Free Expression

"These conferences have had no credibility ever since the first one, whose real aim was to ensure that Internet companies wanting to operate in China fall into line."

11 December 2015

Chinese Authorities Think Internet Companies Should Reward Netizens Who ‘Spread Good News’

China's State Internet Information Office spokesman urged Internet companies to allocate charity funds to those who "spread good news." But netizens don't completely agree with government's idea of good news.

23 November 2015

Taiwanese Netizens Make the Most of Chinese Users’ Brief Facebook Visit

"This is so counterproductive I almost died laughing. This whole thing simply helps Tsai Ing-wen's campaign"

17 November 2015

When China Briefly Unblocked Facebook, Trolls Rushed In

"I wish this precious experience can help our 'new friends' see a full picture of Taiwan's democracy, freedom and diversity. Welcome, all of you, to the world of Facebook!"

16 November 2015

Facebook Sees Sharp Spike in Hong Kong Government's Requests for User Data

"...it is quite obvious that the public have no way to know about the truth at the moment. We don’t know whether the reasons provided by the government are justified..."

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.

Support our work defending online freedom of expression around the world.

justice+matters

Learn why our work is important »

Donate now

Close