Isaac Mao

Chinese Learn to Leap the ‘Great Firewall’

The BBC interviews blogger and Internet entrepreneur Isaac Mao about the ways Chinese citizens are circumventing state censorship online: But the firewall is not unbreakable, at least to some Chinese internet users. “Just...

Isaac Mao (毛向辉): China: Hope in Dialogue

Isaac Mao is one of China’s best-known bloggers and the organizer of the Chinese Bloggers’ Conference, which first took place in Shanghai in 2005. Mao is also a software developer, a social learning researcher, director of...

Teng Biao: Musings on the 2009 Blogger Conference

Teng Biao (滕彪) is a lecturer at the University of Politics and Law in Beijing, and a lawyer. He is also known as a human rights activist and blogger. Teng came to the 2009 Chinese Bloggers Conference in Lianzhou and wrote the...

Isaac Mao: Obama Takes on the China Firewall

Isaac Mao, a Shanghai based social entrepreneur, blogger, software architect and fellow of Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Law School of Harvard University, writes on the Guardian: Obama’s reference to censorship...

China Is Not A Kindergarten

Gady Epstein reports in Forbes, from Beijing: If this was some official’s clever idea to show Chinese Internet users who is really in charge, it certainly hasn’t worked out as planned. The story of the week in...

Isaac Mao “Twinterviews” Hu Yong

Global Voices translates a conversation, via twitter, between two of China’s Internet pioneers, Isaac Mao and Hu Yong: Q10: If the Internet had been around twenty years ago, do you think society would have been a bit more...

Mice Starting To Win In The Beijing Blogosphere

From Sydney Morning Herald: In the game of cat and mouse between the Chinese Government’s censors and China’s increasingly outspoken bloggers, the score has suddenly turned in the bloggers’ favour. Tens of...

4th Annual Blogger Conference in Guangzhou

The fourth annual Chinese Bloggers Conference is now being held in Guangzhou, and is being well-documented in real time. Follow these links to read more: – Live blogging the conference on CNReviews – The official...

Will Olympics Transform China’s Media Landscape?

From the East-West Center of Honolulu: With the Beijing Olympics fast approaching, the world’s attention will soon focus on the rapidly changing but still sensitive news media landscape in China. At a media conference last week...

The Future of Media in China – Rebecca MacKinnon

The future of media in China – from the grassroots to the professional – has been a big topic at Hong Kong U over the past couple of weeks, Isaac Mao and Michael Anti talked about it. From RConversation: Key points of Isaac’s talk: * There are blockages to free thinking in China, due to […]

Blogger Leads China to Free-Thinking Revolution –

From Isaac Mao, a Shanghai-based software engineer for US chipmaker Intel, shows off his website,, China’s first online discussion forum about blogging technology, during an interview in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, 29 March 2007. It was spring 2002 when Isaac Mao, a Shanghai-based software engineer for US chipmaker Intel, first came […]

Cat and Mouse, on The Web – Benjamin Sutherland

From The Economist: …… The estimated 30,000 government censors behind the world’s most elaborate censorship programme”known as the Great Firewall of China by detractors, and as the Golden Shield by the...



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