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Stories about China

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.

31 March 2015

China: Uyghur Couple Convicted of Violating “Abnormal Appearances” Rule for Wearing Beard, Burqa

The 38-year-old husband, member of China's Muslim minority Uyghur community, has been sentenced to six years in prison. Online reporting about the case has since been censored.

25 March 2015

Chinese Artist Recounts Being Censored for Selling Ai Weiwei T-Shirt

Artist Wu Tun saw economic rights collide with online censorship when he tried to sell a T-shirt supporting world renowned political artist Ai Weiwei.

16 March 2015

Five Young Feminists Still Missing in China

The Chinese feminists arrested on the eve of International Women's Day have yet to resurface, sparking massive online campaigns for their release.

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.