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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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1 December 2016

Award-Winning Chinese Citizen News Site Founder Detained Amid Crackdown on Human Right Defenders

Global Voices Advocacy

The founder of a Chinese citizen news site has been detained in what one human rights organization is calling "the escalation of President Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on civil society."

30 November 2016

Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say

Global Voices Advocacy

"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."

29 November 2016

News Commentators Decry the Errand Economy as ‘Ruining’ Friendship on Chinese University Campuses

"Laziness is the driving force of scientific progress. Washing machines were invented because people were too lazy to wash their clothes."

23 November 2016

Complaint of Moldy Buns Triggers Wave of Harassment at Chinese University

Global Voices Advocacy

A students was forced to make a public apology after accusing his school cafeteria of selling moldy buns. He has now left Weibo, after receiving a flood of harassing comments.

19 November 2016

No Surprise: Backdoors and Spyware on Smartphones is the Norm in China

Global Voices Advocacy

"We are so used to the leaking of personal data. We don’t care about government surveillance anymore. We are nobody."

17 November 2016

Chinese Authorities Execute an Anti-Land Seizure Folk Hero for Murder

"He is no criminal...He was just taking up his role as a man to safeguard his family. But the excavators have been ruining Chinese people’s homes…"

15 November 2016

Chinese State Media CEO Challenges Tencent’s Power Over Online News

Global Voices Advocacy

Xu, who has 33 years of experience working in media, is now openly expressing concern that Internet corporates may soon be more powerful than the state and the party.

6 November 2016

Street Protests as Beijing Preempts Hong Kong Courts With New Interpretation of ‘Basic Law’

"The anxiety surrounding the prospect of the NPCSC using its nuclear powers of interpretation to “settle” the pro-independence saga reveals the fragile foundation of Hong Kong’s constitutional order..."

3 November 2016

Hong Kong Introduces Restrictions on High-Rise Window Cleaning to Protect Maids, and Employers Are Upset

"The home is a private domain, but it is also the migrant domestic helper's work space. It is the employer's responsibility to provide an appropriate and safe working environment."

26 October 2016

Leaked Xinjiang Police Report Describes Circumvention Tools as ‘Terrorist Software’

Global Voices Advocacy

The report describes using VPNs as an indicator of criminality, or a “pre-criminal” behavior, perhaps a harbinger of tighter restrictions to come.

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

17 October 2016

A Hong Kong Lawmaker Raises Suspicions With His Surprisingly Swift Renunciation of UK Citizenship

"This is a substantial intervention in the Legislative Council president election in Hong Kong and will affect the autonomy of the law-making body."

Did Hong Kong Just Reveal What It Really Values With Controversial Award?

In her speech, Fonia Wong Leung-fong urged young people to follow her example and work “four times harder than the average person."

13 October 2016

Hong Kong Citizens Express Dismay as Macau's Border Control Turns Them Away

Some were former activists, which has led many to question whether the Hong Kong government has a broad black list, which it shares with Macau authorities and Chinese authorities.

11 October 2016

Chinese Propaganda Authorities Promote Clinton-Trump ‘Love Song’ Spoof Videos

Global Voices Advocacy

Since they can't stop people from following the news, propaganda authorities are focusing on the more absurd aspects of the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

5 October 2016

Chinese Authorities Shutter ‘Gongshi’ Intellectual Website, Leading Netizens to Ask: Is This ‘The End of Consensus'?

Global Voices Advocacy

"The authorities want us to shut down the website, saying that the platform had spread wrong ideas. With dismay, we shut down. This is my report."

Hong Kong's Iconic Post-WWII State Theatre Faces Demolition

"Indisputably an architectural gem both locally and worldwide...it surely has the potential to develop into a tourism highlight and a cultural landmark that Hong Kong people can be proud of."

29 September 2016

Luxury ‘Mosquito-Sized’ Flats Are Not Good News for Hong Kong's Poor

"I believe that this is not only a problem related to poverty, but also a significant social problem."

22 September 2016

Hong Kong's ‘Pro-Beijing’ Camp Is Imploding From Within in the Media

Some critics believe the shocking move from Sing Pao Daily, which is otherwise known to be pro-Beijing, shows fissures within Hong Kong's pro-Beijing camp.

14 September 2016

Chinese Police Violently Crack Down on Protests Against an Elected Village Leader's Imprisonment

Residents believe Lin Zuluan was forced into confessing that he took a bribe because he had planned to protest land seizures taking place without the village's consent.

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