Michael Anti

BBC, VOA Protest Radio Jamming

The British Broadcasting Corporation and Voice of America have both issued statements protesting the jamming of their shortwave radio broadcasts into China: The BBC has received reports that World Service English shortwave...

CCTV: Coming to America

At Foreign Policy, Alex Pasternack explores the efforts of China’s state broadcaster to penetrate the U.S. market. “Foreign audiences expect to hear stories about China from Chinese media, and CCTV has nothing to say...

“Racist” Super Bowl Political Ad Under Fire (Updated)

Controversy over last year’s Groupon Super Bowl ad, which drew accusations of exploiting the plight of Tibet, was echoed on Sunday by a campaign ad for Michigan’s Pete Hoekstra, a prospective candidate for the US...

Ai Weiwei Joins Google+; Users Protest True Name Policy

Ai Weiwei has recently joined Google+, having fallen silent on Twitter since his release last month. From Penn Olson: In his first post on G+ this afternoon, at 1:44pm local time, Ai Wei-wei said simply, “Greetings....

China’s Web 2.0 Nightmare

Forbes interviews Michael Anti about the ongoing crackdown on Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook and Twitter: Forbes: Facebook and Twitter have been blocked here in China since the unrest this year in Xinjiang, and some Chinese...

Twenty Most Influential Figures in China’s Cyberspace

In the post-Olympics China, another round of media crackdown is clearly underway. Still, the Southern Metropolis Weekly just profiled 20 of the most influential bloggers and commentators in China’s cyberspace, who possess...

Is Web2.0 a Wash for Free Speech in China? – Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon gives an update on the current status of the “Internet revolution” in China. From her RConversation blog: Contrary to misperceptions by many outsiders, the situation in China today is not “the people vs. the government.” Chinese people themselves – not only regulatory authorities or people who manage internet and telecoms businesses but also […]

Michael Anti and the End of the Golden Age of Blogs in China – Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman summarizes Michael Anti’s thoughts about the state of blogging in China today: He offers two reasons why blogs have social impacts: – Because you’re having an election, which means that public opinion matters, and blogs become a political mobilization tool – Because NGOs embrace them and use them to lobby for social change. […]

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 […]

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