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Stories about China

5 March 2015

Netizen Report: China Continues to Crack Down on Virtual Private Networks

This week's report begins in China, where the government continues its crackdown on the use of virtual private networks by blocking Avast.com, a free anti-virus and anti-spyware protection software.

8 January 2015

Post-Umbrella Revolution's Politics Reflected in the Newly Launched Stand News

With tensions still sky-high in Hong Kong, the newly-formed Stand News may seek to chart new political and journalistic territory.

Netizen Report: China Adds Yet Another Layer of Control to the Internet

In our first Netizen Report of 2015, we look at the latest on censorship in India, blogger persecution in Russia, and the Sony hack (it may not be what it looks like.)

7 January 2015

Chinese Police Are Buying Spyware — And Posting Their Purchase Orders Online

Netizens now can see exactly what surveillance tools police are using, and exactly how much they paid for them.

9 December 2014

Why Going Viral Was a Source of Fear for One Hong Kong Citizen Journalist

Hung Lai Fong published an article under her real name about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, and when it became widely read, she began to fear retaliation from China.

4 December 2014

China's Censorship Authorities Are Not Fans of Foreign TV

Two popular subtitling sites closed their doors at the behest of Chinese authorities. Netizens and TV fans are angry about the decision.

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.