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Oiwan Lam

Am now a free lance researcher, translator and editor.

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Latest posts by Oiwan Lam

25 November 2014

China Touts Local Ground Rules for the Global Internet

While attendees at last week's World Internet Conference in China enjoyed relatively open Internet access, thousands of websites were blocked throughout much of the country.

18 November 2014

There's a Dark Side to Alibaba's Massive Profits in China

Alibaba made $9.3 billion on China's Single's Day, a popular online shopping day. But much of its success is due to its cooperation with the Chinese government in punishing dissidents.

4 November 2014

Apple's China Experience Sours as State Hackers Target iCloud Data

Experts see the attacks as emblematic of the proverbial price paid by foreign companies that choose to make their services available in China.

18 October 2014

Hong Kong's Journalists Battle Self-Censorship, Intimidation and Police Violence to Report Umbrella Revolution

Four independent news sites issued a joint statement condemning police for intentionally attacking reporters. Reporters at other outlets have had to deal with management's self-censorship for fear of angering Beijing.

1 October 2014

Pro-Democracy Protesters Have Turned Central Hong Kong Into a Colorful Sea of Umbrellas

Dubbed the "umbrella revolution" in some media, protesters have withstood authorities' tear gas and pepper spray using umbrellas for protection.

25 September 2014

China Sentences Peaceful Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti to Life in Prison

"I scream for our ethnic group, but I scream louder for China," Ilham Tohti said through his lawyer.

15 September 2014

Who Says You Can Block Google? Chinese Citizen Sues Telco, Demands Answers

The Chinese government has a heavy hand when it comes to online content. But exactly which government authorities set Internet censorship policy? A citizen lawsuit against China Unicom seeks answers.

25 August 2014

Leaked Documents Reveal How the Chinese Communist Party Channels Public Opinion

What exactly do China's online "opinion analysts" do? A recent scandal at Peking University sheds light on the question.

28 July 2014

‘Terrified’ Founder Decides to Shutter Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site ‘House News’

Some are speculating that the site was pressured to shut down as part of a wider crackdown by Beijing on Hong Kong's media.

2 July 2014

Hundreds of Pro-Democracy Protesters Arrested in Hong Kong After Half-a-Million-Strong March

Protesters staged a sit-in in the city's business district following a rally of half a million people demanding democratic elections free of China's influence.