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27 May 2015

Robot Commenters Accidentally Expose Themselves on China's Weibo Platform

Global Voices Advocacy

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...

25 May 2015

Leaked Emails Reveal Details of China's Online ‘Youth Civilization Volunteers’

Global Voices Advocacy

'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

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

21 May 2015

Police Shoot a Man Dead. Justified Force or China's ‘Stability Maintenance’ at Work?

A man was shot after fighting with an officer inside a train station. To many, it was violence typical of government efforts to maintain stability at all costs.

15 May 2015

A Viral Music Video in China Pokes Fun at Xiaomi CEO’s Imperfect English

After Lei Jun’s English skills were mocked following a short speech at one of the tech giant's product launches, Chinese are once again asking—Is English important for business internationalisation?

14 May 2015

‘Uber Is Doomed to Be Investigated in China’

Web users are criticizing local Chinese authorities for cracking down on crowd-sourced taxi service Uber, accusing them of protecting the taxi industry and attacking yet another foreign Internet company.

12 May 2015

Chinese Netizens See Symbolism in Viral Stage Collapse Video

"To celebrate the Mother's Day for our mother country, the Bijie city theatre in Guizhou Province puts on a grand performance of 'The Collapse of the Chinese Dream.'"

10 May 2015

A Han Musician’s Song Slams Stereotypes of China’s Xinjiang Region

A new song written by an ethnic Han encourages people to abandon their prejudices towards Xinjiang, a western region in China where ethnic tensions still simmer.

How Does China's Foreign NGO Management Law Curb the Development of Civil Society?

The "fundamental purpose of the law" is "to significantly tighten the Government's control over civil society," Human Rights Watch told Global Voices.

6 May 2015

Chinese People Seem to Love Uber. Chinese Authorities? Not So Much

Authorities raided Uber offices in China twice in one week as part of a crackdown on unlicensed taxis. Some believe the real reason is to wipe out a foreign competitor.

3 May 2015

What Does Cleavage Censorship Have to Do With Hong Kong's Electoral Policy?

Many believe that both the $2-million censorship of cleavages and the government's proposal are expensive, unnecessary, not genuine and submissive to Beijing's political will.

26 April 2015

Social Media Becomes a Lifeline in the Nepal Earthquake Aftermath

A spontaneous global social network is now building data collection to provide key support to people back in Nepal and are calling for action.

23 April 2015

Kenyan Lives Matter, African Students Say at Garissa Vigil in Beijing

A group of African students in Beijing organized a vigil to honor the 147 victims of the Garissa attack. China has little tolerance for shows of public sentiment, even grief.

19 April 2015

Head to the US-Mexico Border and Find a Chinese Food Scene Like None Other

Avocado in fried rice and Mexican-style beef with asparagus are just some of the dishes you’ll find. And their backstory dates back more than 130 years.

17 April 2015

China Jails Prominent Journalist Gao Yu for Leaking ‘State Secrets’

She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Observers believe the "state secrets" refer to a Chinese Communist Party directive that lists "seven speak-nots" for university professors, including press freedom.

16 April 2015

New Internet Rules in China Target Usernames, Avatars as Subversive Tools

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

Cartoon Mascots in China Make Social Policing Cute

The mascots model “civil” behavior” and spread new norms about acceptable public behavior, specifically targeting newly urbanized migrants learning to share urban public spaces for the first time.

14 April 2015

China Finally Releases Five Detained Feminist Activists

But they are not free yet. The five will be under police surveillance for a year.

12 April 2015

An Aggressive Turn in Chinese Censorship Practices: ‘The Great Cannon’

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is likely that this attack, with its potential for political backlash, would require the approval of high-level authorities within the Chinese government."

8 April 2015

One Month on, China Ignores International Calls for Release of Detained Feminist Activists

Some observers believe the arrest of the five women's rights activists last month are related to a wider crackdown on NGOs in China, in particular those with strong overseas connections.

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