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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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23 January 2017

China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs

Global Voices Advocacy

The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.

15 January 2017

Catchy Singlish Songs Urge Hong Kong to Return Military Hardware to Singapore

"Why you have to be liddat? Give us our Terrex back!"

11 January 2017

Hong Kongers Snap Protest Selfies With Government’s Palace Museum Project ‘Exhibition’

After a cultural project proceeds without public consultation and the government spends even more money on a television series to promote it, Hong Kongers stage acts of protest through selfies.

30 December 2016

In 2016, a Toxic Political Smog Spread Over China and Hong Kong

Global Voices Advocacy

What's worse? Environmental smog or political smog?

28 December 2016

Classic Christmas Carols, Satirically Reimagined as Songs About Hong Kong Politics

To the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas: "Causeway Bay’s boss bought a banned book. He was then arrested, convicted, forced to apologize and escorted to the Shenzhen police station."

19 December 2016

Chinese Authorities Are Burying Their Heads Not in Sand, But in Smog

"The problem of the smog has been solved!...We have deleted all posts about the smog, banned people from wearing masks and arrested those who wrote about the smog!”

12 December 2016

Hong Kong's Pro-Beijing Chief Executive Is Leaving. But There Are Plenty More Where He Came From

"[Leung] follows the recent stability control principle of mainland China, magnifying small conflicts into national security threats and tearing society apart."

9 December 2016

Macau Casinos’ Show of Communist Patriotism Leaves Many Scratching Their Heads

"Casinos are the product of corrupt capitalism and against the spirit of the communist revolution."

6 December 2016

A Major Leak Exposes How Chinese Loan Sharks Make Female Debtors Take Nude Selfies

Global Voices Advocacy

Taking nude photos in exchange for a loan may seem bizarre, but that's exactly what's happening in China. A major online leak has cracked the scheme wide open.

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."

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