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Censorship is not a solution to internet ills

China’s model of information control is an antithesis of a proper content moderation model.

Quick thoughts on SCMP’s op-ed

Recently the South China Morning Post translated a widely circulated article on Weibo, which argues “Mainland Chinese who oppose Hong Kong’s protests aren’t brainwashed by censorship, despite what the West might think.” According to the author, China’s Great Firewall, a... Continue Reading →

Overview of China’s Key Regulations on Privacy Protection

Despite the relative lack of awareness of privacy protection in China, there is an increasing demand for the protection of personal information among Internet users and by the Chinese government. In this post I outline key regulations, measures and drafting... Continue Reading →

The Danger of Rushing into Social Media Laws

Social media laws are often rushed into effect without sufficient review. These quick fixes open up to arbitrary information controls in even democratic countries.

Chinese users are boycotting Steam China, and here is why it is not surprising

After months of talks and wait, Valve Corporation, the American video game developer who runs the world’s largest gaming service Steam, officially got a Chinese vertical. In partnership with Perfect World (完美世界), a Chinese game developer and publisher, Valve signed... Continue Reading →

A response to China Daily opinion piece on sexual harassment in China

It is appalling to read an opinion piece recently published in China Daily, titled “Weinstein case demonstrates cultural differences.” In the article, the author asked and China Daily tweeted, rhetorically, “What prevents sexual harassment from becoming a common phenomenon in... Continue Reading →

China, a growing norm-shaper in Internet governance

Thirty years ago, China relied heavily on foreign technologies for its Internet development. Its very first email would not have been sent successfully without the help of experts from Germany’s University of Karlsruhe.   “Across the Great Wall we can... Continue Reading →

What happens when Weibo crowdsources censorship?

Almost everyone who reads something about Internet censorship in China have come across such descriptions, “10 Things You Can Say on Chinese Internet” or “The Great Firewall of China is sophisticated and powerful and that the Big Brother is watching... Continue Reading →

A Quick Scan of Weibo & WeChat New Privacy Policies

If you have recently updated WeChat/Weixin and Weibo apps, you will get a prompt to read their privacy policies before using the service. I did not get a screenshot of the English version of WeChat's privacy policy but the Chinese-language... Continue Reading →

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