October 12, 2021
On Internet Freedom, China and Taiwan Are Worlds Apart
By Sarah Cook and Allie Funk
One is ranked as the most oppressive digital environment. The other is among the freest.
September 16, 2021
Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations
By Sapni G K and Mihir Mahajan
China’s restrictions on recommendation algorithms fill a gap in global regulations. Not coincidentally, though, they also serve to extend Chinese state control over internet-based services.
August 11, 2021
A Struggle for Information Control Between China’s Government and the Tech Giants
By Canghao Chen
The Chinese government risks becoming the primary obstacle to the advancement of the internet industry in China.
February 22, 2021
The Clubhouse Affair: A Stark Reminder of China’s Information Isolation
By Sarah Cook
A brief opening on an audio conversation app allowed Chinese users to speak freely with the outside world.
February 17, 2021
China Steps Up Online Controls With New Rule for Bloggers
By Associated Press
Starting next week, China’s government will require bloggers to be approved to write on a wide range of topics, including economics, education, health, and foreign affairs.
February 13, 2021
Clubhouse Gave Taiwan and China a Rare Opportunity for Cross-Strait Dialogue
By Nick Aspinwall
The voice chat app’s brief moment in the sun revealed the stark difference in how Chinese and Taiwanese users experience the internet.
January 15, 2021
Hong Kong Begins Internet Restrictions on National Security Grounds
By Jessie Lau
The first blocking of a website has raised concerns that the Great Firewall might be coming to Hong Kong.
December 10, 2020
5 Predictions for Beijing’s Assault on Internet Freedom in 2021
By Sarah Cook
The events of the past year point to several censorship patterns that will likely gain prominence in the months to come.
May 05, 2020
Will Internet Celebrities Become China’s New Channel for Projecting Soft Power?
By Jo Kim
Can the CCP co-opt the popularity of social media darlings like Li Ziqi without running their global appeal?
November 23, 2019
China’s Changing PR Strategy for the Hong Kong Protests
By Chauncey Jung
From evacuating mainland students to sending soldiers into the street, the CCP’s chosen narratives have shifted.
November 19, 2019
China’s Internet Freedom Hit a New Low in 2019, and the World Could Follow
By Sarah Cook and Mai Truong
No user or platform is safe from the leadership’s insatiable appetite for ideological conformity.
July 16, 2019
How WeChat Conquered Tibet
By Tenzin Dalha
Tibetans know the surveillance risks, but many choose to give up privacy for convenience.