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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

25 May 2017

Is the Belt and Road Project the Answer to China's Economic Woes? Some Aren't So Sure.

"...the risk for bad debt is huge. While other countries can easily back down from the initiative, as the leader of the initiative, China will be the last to quit."

22 May 2017

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.

21 May 2017

Viral Video Triggers Debate Over Patriotic Education in China, Again

"My kids do not need to follow so-called 'heroes' who killed their fellow countrymen. They should learn how to love the environment, recycle used items, act in a civilized manner."

16 May 2017

Why Is China Home to Half of the Computers Infected With WannaCry Ransomware?

Global Voices Advocacy

Chinese computer users may be more vulnerable to the attack as many commonly use unlicensed (i.e. pirated) or outdated versions of Windows OS and thus do not receive security updates.

11 May 2017

Law Enforcement's Selective Crackdown Curbs Indie Music Space in Hong Kong

"...the latest raid seems more like part of a well planned campaign aimed at crashing every business that does not belong to the big business."

7 May 2017

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Uses His Ten-Second Defeat of Tai Chi Master to Challenge Chinese Kung Fu Bureaucrats

Have traditional Chinese martial arts devolved into too much performance and too little skill? One Mixed Martial Arts fighter thinks so, and has put his money where his mouth is.

5 May 2017

Wanna Share News on Social Media? With China's New Rules, You'll Need a Permit For That.

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is like asking us to uninstall all the communication tools or else whenever you speak, you could violate the law."

28 April 2017

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Global Voices Advocacy

Under China's "stability control" measures, it is increasingly common for netizens who are critical of the government to be summoned or detained by police.

26 April 2017

Some Hong Kongers Insist on Blaming the Woman, Not the Man, in Viral Fist Fight Over Going Dutch

Hours after the story broke, the restaurant owner clarified that the fight began because the woman wanted to split the bill, but the man did not.

12 April 2017

China's Latest Step to Root Out Foreign Spies? Cash Rewards for Informants.

But some Chinese are concerned, given that certain "patriotic" circles equate critical speech about China as an act of espionage.

10 April 2017

How a Teenager's Mysterious Death in China Is Eroding Public Trust in Authorities

"To prove netizens' version of the story wrong is not difficult. Authorities just need to release more information and the rumors would fall apart"

Satirical News Show ‘China Uncensored’ Censored by Apple in Hong Kong and Taiwan

"There is no point in disputing your app store decision with respect to mainland China…but Hong Kong and Taiwan [...] operate under independent legal systems."

9 April 2017

Beijing Unveils New Economic Area To Give Millennials a Shot at the ‘China Dream’

"Using public housing to counteract the property market is a strategy [for] the young generation who [cannot] afford property [...] if the plan works out, it can be a model."

2 April 2017

Missing Taiwan NGO Worker's Wife Travels to Beijing to Rescue Him

"The [Chinese] government can assign the label "harmful to state interests" to anyone that it does not like."

28 March 2017

China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers

Global Voices Advocacy

More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.

22 March 2017

Hong Kong's Hottest Fake News Headlines Target Refugees, Foreign Domestic Workers

Hong Kong's increase in fake news prompted media activists to create the Facebook page Kau Yim to verify important information and identify fake news.

11 March 2017

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

Global Voices Advocacy

'...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…'

7 March 2017

Frustrated by US Anti-Ballistic Missile System, China Punishes Korean Retailer Lotte

"Which is more destructive, South Korea's THAAD or North Korea's nuclear bomb? North Korea has VX nerve agent and nuclear bombs, aren't these more threatening?"

25 February 2017

Police in Hong Kong Want It to Be Illegal to Insult Them

A crowd of more than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong this week to protest a prison sentence handed down to seven police officers convicted of assaulting a protester.

There's Talk That Beijing Could Override Hong Kong's Election Result If It Doesn't Like the Winner

“Does the election committee have any real power? What’s the point of having an election committee then?”

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