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Stories about China

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.

8 August 2014

China Slams Messaging App Industry with Real-Name Registration Mandate

Critics believe the new policy is intended to target WeChat. The messaging app's soaring sign-up rates outpaced Sina Weibo in early 2014.

29 July 2014

China Monitors the Internet and the Public Pays the Bill

Experts say the billion-yuan “stability maintenance industry” is designed to help the government tighten its grip over public opinion online -- and to turn a profit.

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.

16 July 2014

Netizen Report: China Teases Users With Sporadic Censorship

This week, Iranian Facebook users face major jail time, Google reverses its real-name policy, and lawyers, geeks, and librarians all say no to censorship in Turkey.

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.

17 June 2014

Hong Kong Voting Site Suffers Massive DDoS Attack Before Civil Referendum

Thirty hours after testing their online system, Hong Kong University's voting site endured the largest distributed denial of service attack in its history.

4 June 2014

Netizen Report: China’s Censors Take on Google and Messaging Apps Ahead of Tiananmen’s 25th Anniversary

This week's report begins in China, where the government has blocked access to all of Google’s encrypted and unencrypted services in the country and announced a new battle against Internet messaging apps.

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.