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Stories about China

30 June 2015

Learning About Lantern's Anti-Censorship Tools

GV Advox team members spoke with Adam Fisk, the founder and software developer behind Lantern, and Maryam Abolfazli, the Chief Operating Officer behind Lantern to learn more about their tools.

15 June 2015

Local Chinese Authorities Use Internet Slang ‘Ziganwu’ in Their Propaganda Recruitment

'Ziganwu' are Internet commenters not officially affiliated with authorities but who nevertheless ardently defend the government. China's Sichuan education office has adopted the term as part of recruitment efforts.

3 June 2015

China's Internet Police Launch ‘Speech Inspections’, Chill Critical Voices

The launch of the "Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement" program implies a more coordinated effort in the incrimination of online speech.

29 May 2015

Chinese Authorities Leap to Discredit Detained Citizens’ Rights Activist

"Now wicked people have taken control and good people are in jail."

27 May 2015

Robot Commenters Accidentally Expose Themselves on China's Weibo Platform

Patrick Wong contributed to this post. Chinese netizens are having a good laugh over the mechanized missteps of government-controlled robot commenters, who have been criticizing messages sent by their own...

26 May 2015

Leaked Emails Reveal Details of China's Online ‘Youth Civilization Volunteers’

'Speak out in a timely way and positively guide mistaken opinions and thoughts in order to grow mainstream thought and sentiment on the Internet.'

22 May 2015

Human Rights Lawyer's Indictment Marks the Beginning of a ‘Weibo Inquisition’ in China

Pu Zhiqiang was indicted on charges of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking a disturbance." The case against him is based on about 30 online postings he wrote.

16 April 2015

New Internet Rules in China Target Usernames, Avatars as Subversive Tools

More than 67,000 user accounts have been deleted due to a new rule that prohibits screen names and profile pictures that threaten national security, destroy ethnic unity, or defame others.

12 April 2015

An Aggressive Turn in Chinese Censorship Practices: ‘The Great Cannon’

"It is likely that this attack, with its potential for political backlash, would require the approval of high-level authorities within the Chinese government."

4 April 2015

In Conflict with China's Internet Security Regulator, Chinese Techies Side with Google, Mozilla

Chinese social media users are openly expressing support for the decision of both Google and Mozilla to revoke security certificates issued by China's Internet Network Information Center.