Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach is CDT's Operations and Communications Manager. From 2003-2021, she served as Executive Editor of CDT English. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Falun Gong practitioners jailed for Internet writing

The official Xinhua news agency reported that five people were sentenced to between 5 and 14 years for “libeling the government” after they distributed news online about abuse of an imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner. The court said that their writing, “severely damaged the regular work of governmental departments and tarnished the images of the government […]

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The business of stifling the Internet in Asia

According to an article on Asia Times online: “Internet users are losing ground in the censorship war being fought in Asia’s cyberwaves, partly because Western corporations are helping to undermine the spirit of enterprise that made the medium such a potent weapon for free speech. While smarter and more discreet communication technologies offer a way […]

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China debutes Uighur language compatible cell phone

The “first ethnic language-supporting cell phone in China” was launched this week, according to the AP. A new phone launched Thursday features menus, text-messaging ability and voice-activated dialing in the Uighur language, which is spoken in the predominately Muslim region of Xinjiang in northwest China. The full article is here

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Chinese turn to Web for justice

NPR yesterday reported on the “BMW incident”, in which tens of thousands of Internet users have called for justice in the case of a well-connected woman who got off with a light fine after killing a villager with her car. Hear the NPR audiolink here.

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New stats on Chinese netizens

The CNNIC released new statistics about the number and demographics of Chinese Internet users, the China Daily reported today. According to CNNIC, Internet use is no longer just popular among Chinese youth. The China Daily articles says that: “Although young people still account for the majority of Internet users, the makeup of the age groups […]

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