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The Heartbreaking Saga of Zhu Ling

The recent death of a graduate student at China’s prestigious Fudan University, allegedly poisoned by a jealous roommate, evoked memories of the 1995 Zhu Ling case, reignited online fury that the case remains unsolved, and...

‘Butcher’ Takes Web Fight to Beijing

Financial Times profiles Internet activist Wu Gan, aka “The Butcher”: From his Beijing office, which he has dubbed “the Abattoir”, he spends most days scanning online newspaper and blog reports for hints of scandals,...

China’s Cyberposse

The New York Times Magazine takes a look at China’s “human flesh search engines”: AT THE BEIJING headquarters of Mop, Ben Du, the site’s head of interactive communities, told me that the Chinese term for...

New Weekly: Best of the Web 2009

This week’s featured article in New Weekly (新周刊) focuses on the Internet in China. Part 1 of their feature is a highlight of the “Best of the Web 2009,” chosen by the magazine, industry insiders, and netizens....

China Torn over Internet Freedoms

An article on Asia Times argues that China has made “enormous progress on freedom of speech,” especially on the Internet and looks at a recent debate over protection of privacy rights online: To a certain extent,...

Human Flesh Search Engine Film, Part Two

Danwei shares about the documentary film Human Flesh Search Engine: The second part of Human Flesh Search Engine, a short documentary film directed by Luis A. Tapia is now online at Vimeo and at Daedalum Films’ website....

China’s ‘Netizens’ Take On the Government

From Time Magazine: A photograph of an official from the land bureau of Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, came under scrutiny in December after it began circulating on the Internet. Netizens pointed out that Zhou...

Web Posts On Officials Banned

From AFP: Authorities in a Chinese province where Internet users exposed an allegedly corrupt official’s taste for luxury have made posting such information illegal, state media reported on Tuesday. The ruling Communist...

China’s Net Users Take Aim Online

USA Today looks at the phenomenon of so-called human flesh search engines: Vigilant Internet users spotted news photos of a housing official and posted heated online discussions about his $15,000 Swiss watch and $22-a-pack...

Cyber Hunters in China in for Crash Landing

From the Straits Times Singapore, via themalaysianinsider.com: The cyber hunters who roam China’s online space could soon become the hunted themselves. The Chinese legislature is deliberating a new law to curb the excesses...

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