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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.

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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 →

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 →

CyberChina (170717-170721)

It’s been a disconcerting week for China-watchers. From the increased censorship on Chinese Internet due to the passing of Nobel Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo,  the blocking of Whatsapp’s image/audio/video functions to a more general and large-scale crackdown on VPNs (see... Continue Reading →

CyberChina (170626-170630)

Liu Xiaobo, Crackdown on VPNs, Tencent's Internationalization Failture and more

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