online activism



Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon: Digital Disobedience

The following term comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to...

Online Petition Site Sees Shaky Debut

China’s official online petition platform had a rough first day on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report, which notes that the web site “triggered mockery across China’s social...

Obama, Minister of China Petitions?

The recent poisoning death of Huang Yang, a graduate student at Fudan University in Shanghai, has triggered inquiries among netizens over the unsolved 1994 poisoning of Zhu Ling, then an undergraduate at Tsinghua University....

Bloggers, and Government, Respond to Pig Crisis

As close to 15,000 (and counting) pig carcasses are being pulled from the Huangpu River, the story has become a hot topic on weibo and elsewhere online in China, with cartoonists satirizing the scene and others questioning how...

Weibo Users Call Out Water Pollution

Zhejiang entrepreneur Jin Zengmin has offered a reward to a senior Chinese official if he swims in a polluted river for 20 minutes, according to the South China Morning Post’s Chris Luo: “If the environmental protection...

Huang Qi on Blogging the Slow-Motion Revolution

Ian Johnson continues his New York Review of Books series of interviews with Chinese writers and thinkers by visiting activist Huang Qi in Chengdu. Huang, a human rights activist who uses his website to publicize...

Chinese Censors Lift the Veil on Bloggers

As the authorities tighten regulation of online speech by reinforcing real-name registration by Internet users, many people worry that the Internet as China’s last free speech zone might be desolated. From Nathan Green at...

China Tightens Internet Regulation

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress has issued new rules “to enhance the protection of personal information online and safeguard public interests”. The regulations broaden and...



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