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Oiwan Lam

a media activist, researcher and educator currently based in Hong Kong. my chinese writings are in inmediahk.net and my twitter account is @oiwan.

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11 December 2018

Crackdown in Beijing: ‘Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations’

Advox

The number of Twitter users who have been directly threatened by authorities is estimated to be in the hundreds or even more.

21 November 2018

Winning Taiwanese director calls for independence at the Chinese Oscars

"I really hope one day our country will be regarded as an independent entity. This is my biggest wish as a Taiwanese."

6 November 2018

Political cartoonist Badiucao abruptly cancelled his Hong Kong exhibition — and then went silent

Advox

The event was seen by many as a test of the limits of free speech in Hong Kong.

23 October 2018

As China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’, Weibo netizens cheer on

China has switched its public relations tactics from denying to defending the camps, and the u-turn immediately reflected back on the social media conversation.

17 October 2018

Hong Kong Free Expression Week features Umbrella Movement activists and political cartoonist Badiucao

Advox

In recent years, Hong Kongers who support democratic rights and territorial independence have faced fierce repression.

22 September 2018

Amidst typhoon rescue efforts in Japan, a Taiwanese diplomat dies. Did misinformation play a role?

Some hearsay even claimed that Taiwanese had to proclaim themselves as Chinese in order to get on the buses. The news had enraged [Taiwanese] netizens.

Beijing authorities slam Swedish police for humiliating Chinese tourists, but there's another side to the story

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wanted to make use of the incident to stir patriotic sentiment to exercise pressure on Swedish government. But netizens know ... what’s right and wrong."

7 September 2018

As China faces record-breaking flood levels, authorities arrest two women for spreading ‘rumors’ of health risks

Advox

"If they could react to the floods as effectively [as they do to the 'rumors'], that would be great."

31 August 2018

‘Fake news’ is in the eye of the beholder: China is centralizing efforts to stop online ‘rumors’

Advox

In July 2018, Chinese state internet regulators received 6.7 million reports of illegal and false information.

3 August 2018

If Google goes back to China, it will be on the government's terms. What will that mean for human rights?

Advox

Google may be prepared to compromise human rights principles for the Chinese market. But it will still depend on the Chinese government to grant its entry.

25 July 2018

Yet another vaccine scandal hits China's big pharma, sparking fear, rage — and censorship

For over a decade, a series of similar scandals have plagued China's emerging pharmaceutical industry, and people seem to have lost faith.

9 July 2018

Chinese mobile phone cameras are not-so-secretly recording users’ activities

Advox

This design feature has given Chinese mobile users a tangible sense of exactly when and how they are being monitored.

25 June 2018

Freedom segregated: China to set up open internet zone on tourist island

Advox

"If visiting Twitter, Facebook is appropriate and harmless, why [are they] only granting foreigners access but not Chinese?"

5 May 2018

‘Peppa Pig’ has gotten too naughty for China's censors

Advox

A subculture connecting the cartoon character “Peppa Pig” with “Shehuiren”, a term that refers to organized crime syndicates, has resulted in a muddy puddle for the popular porker.

24 April 2018

Why did China take its own propaganda film offline? Netizens point to US tech sanctions

Advox

Netizens suspect that the film is being restricted due to new US sanctions against ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications hardware company.

22 April 2018

China Central Television backs Russian version of the Syrian crisis, saying chemical attacks were staged

Russia claims the Syrian chemical attacks were staged; China's state media echoes that narrative, but not everyone is buying into it.

20 April 2018

Chinese netizens’ #IamLGBT campaign pushes change at Weibo

Advox

The move is significant, but it doesn’t mean that LGBT content will be spared from the latest censorship crackdown.

11 April 2018

No Laughing Matter: China Shuts Down Popular Joke-Sharing App

Advox

"A country, a government, a supervision department. They are all scared of a joke-sharing application."

3 April 2018

With ‘Sharp Eyes’, Smart Phones and TV Sets Are Watching Chinese Citizens

Advox

By 2020, China could have a comprehensive nationwide surveillance network, wherein law enforcement will have easy access to data collected by any individual surveillance camera in the network.

Why Did More Than 200,000 Koreans Petition to Shutter a Popular Website?

"If you are a user of this site, it means that you participate in sharing its toxicity into the world."

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