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Hengqin New Area Aims to Skirt Great Firewall

The Global Times reports that local authorities in the Hengqin New Area Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Zhuhai, Guangdong province have applied to bypass the Great Firewall. Local authorities are hoping that the State Internet...

Saying of the Week: China’s Internet Is Open

The Word of the Week comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online...

Censorship Vault: Hillary on Internet Freedom

From the Censorship Vault features previously untranslated censorship instructions from the archives of the CDT series Directives from the Ministry of Truth (真理部指令). QuanzhouNet: Provincial Propaganda Notice Carry only domestic...

Netizen Voices: No Place Is Outside the Law

When CCTV aired V for Vendetta, uncut, last Friday, netizens thought it was a sign that reform is truly on its way. They were a bit crushed, then, to read a signed article in Tuesday’s People’s Daily entitled “The Internet...

Word of the Week: Elephant of Truth

Editor’s Note: The CDT Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon is a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to...

Global Times Backs Twitter Policy

Twitter’s new censorship policy may have irked Ai Wei Wei, but China’s state-run Global Times welcomed the new rules in a Monday editorial: Many regard this declaration of adapting to local censorship laws as a...

Twitter A Haven Amid New Rules

Chinese netizens posted record-breaking numbers on microblogging site Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-equivalent, in the first minute of the Year of the Dragon. But with the Chinese government implementing new Internet...

China to Extend Microblogging Requirements

As part of a broader information strategy unveiled this week, the top official at China’s State Council Information Office announced nationwide expansion plans for recently implemented regulations that require...

Microblogging: Air Conditioning of the Masses

In BBC News, Michael Bristow surveys China’s microblogging landscape and asks users of Sina Weibo for a view from the trenches of China’s information war: The very first response was a simple icon, showing a face...

China Blocks U.S. Push on Web Freedom (Update)

This week U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a speech about global Internet freedom, in which she specifically referred to China. The speech was followed by a concerted outreach effort by the U.S. Embassy in...

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