Stories about China

31 May 2014

Censors On, China Still Doesn't Want Anyone Talking About Tiananmen Square

Estimates of the death toll from June 4, 1989 range from a few hundred to the thousands. The Chinese government has prohibited all forms of discussion online or offline since.

28 May 2014

China to Perform Security Inspections for Tech Products

A new policy will give Chinese authorities a legal basis to pressure technology companies and online service providers to remove "illegal" products -- like circumvention tools -- from the marketplace.

7 May 2014

Netizen Report: China Slaps Tech Giant Over Porn (and Politics)

“If you don’t have Internet order, how can you have Internet freedom?” This report looks at recent critiques of the open Internet debate from China, and a creative campaign for better Internet service in Bolivia.

30 April 2014

China: Anti-Pornography Campaign Targets Tech Giant

Alongside literature websites and online games, tech giant Sina is a major target of the CCP's latest anti-porn campaign.

21 February 2014

Xu Zhiyong and the Long Road for China's Human Rights Activists

Oiwan Lam argues that the conviction of human rights activist Xu Zhiyong, a pioneer of civic organizing online, is emblematic of the new era of government repression towards Chinese activists.

11 February 2014

China: Prostitution Crackdown Reveals Mass Mobile Surveillance Abuses

A feature on China Central Television that traced the pathways of sex trade workers and clients indicates that the Chinese government is using mass surveillance over mainland mobile networks.

21 January 2014

China: Free Ilham Tohti — Support Ethnic Reconciliation

Ilham Tohti, founder of Uyghur Online and a moderate advocate for ethnic autonomy policy in China was arrested on January 15. Supporters are advocating for his release online.

6 January 2014

Censorship, Prosecution Drive Exodus of Opinion Leaders from China's Sina Weibo

China's crackdown on online "rumor-mongering" has led many opinion leaders to quit Sina Weibo, the country's most popular social media platform.

3 January 2014

Chinese Netizens (and Political Discourse) Migrate to WeChat

With pro-government voices successfully dominating Weibo, WeChat has become the most important platform for public opinion making in mainland China.

31 December 2013

2013 in Review: A Fireside Chat with EFF's Jillian York and Eva Galperin

NSA and FinFisher and drones, oh my! Was 2013 the "worst year for Internet freedom" to date? Jillian and Eva discuss.