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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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Latest posts by Oiwan Lam

13 February 2019

#MetooUyghur campaign asks Chinese government to prove that Xinjiang detainees are still alive

Uyghur communities from all over the world are using the #MetooUyghur hashtag to demand answers about the welfare of their loved ones.

Users flood Reddit with China censorship memes, balk at $150 million investment from Tencent

Advox

While Chinese companies regularly invest in US media companies, this makes for an unusual match.

11 January 2019

Chinese authorities go after citizens for using VPNs, skirting online censorship

Advox

The news of two men being fined for using VPNs may serve as a wake up call to Chinese netizens.

5 January 2019

China's push for ‘one country, two systems’ in Taiwan meets vigorous opposition

"As a Hongkonger, I urge Taiwanese people to never believe in CCP’s 'one country, two systems.' Once they take control, they can do whatever they want."

2 January 2019

China persecutes independent leftists in the name of Marxism

While many Marxists believe in workers' struggle as the driving force for social and political transformation, Chinese ideologues consider young leftist students’ who stand by workers' rights simply troublemakers.

31 December 2018

Why Chinese netizens believe a commodity index can predict global affairs

According to the myth, the Yiwu commodity index predicted the outcome of the US 2016 presidential election and is set to do the same for Europe's "yellow vest" protests.

22 December 2018

China's campaign against Christmas makes celebrating a difficult choice for citizens

"Are all these measures to enhance and promote Chinese culture or a sign of losing confidence on one’s own culture?"

17 December 2018

What do Chinese internet users think of Google's ‘Dragonfly’ project?

Advox

Internet users remain divided over whether or not Google's supposed return to China is a good thing -- or not.

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.

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