Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang is currently on a five-nation tour of Africa as part of his first official overseas trip in his new position. His itinerary includes Ethiopia, Gabon, Angola, Benin, and Egypt, continuing a...
Nov 29, 2022
As thousands across China erupted into a weekend of nationwide protests following a deadly fire in Urumqi, authorities used various propaganda tactics in traditional and social media to minimize the spread of public discontent...
Nov 27, 2014
Despite Chinese authorities’ deep experience in restricting electronic content, The...
Nov 23, 2011
Political astroturfing by the “50 Cent Party” is a well known phenomenon in China, with legions of commenters paid to push the government line: see, for example, CDT’s translation of likely 50 Cent posts...
Jun 22, 2009
Information Week writes about the growing amount of spam that is coming from China, calling the country a “haven for spammers”: In the case of spam, through which pornography, malware, and scams are spread, most of...
Apr 25, 2009
United Press International reports that “cybergangs” are hiring people in China, India, Brazil, Russia, Argentina and Nigeria to manually spam site users and spread “cyberscams”: Popular social sites such...
Mar 24, 2008
From BBC News: China is investigating a spam attack after almost half of China’s mobile phone users received unwanted text messages from advertisers. Text messages were sent to more than 200 million mobile phone users...
Dec 4, 2006
From Theregister.com: The politics of unwanted email is changing with China set to overtake the US any day now as the originator of most Irish inbox clutter. Figures for November from Irish email monitoring firm IE Internet show that although the US is still the world leader with 27 per cent of dodgy emails originating […]
Apr 21, 2006
From BBC News (link): Statistics from security firm Sophos show that China is fast catching up the US as a source of junk e-mail. According to Sophos, 23.1% of spam comes from computers in the US and 21.9% comes from China. The UK is tenth on the list of spam sources. As a continent, Asia […]
May 7, 2005
From the BBC: Around 20% of the world’s hijacked computers sending out spam, attacking websites and hosting unsavoury material are in China, says a report… China already has the second biggest net-using population in the world, even though only 8% of its people go online… But China is not just keeping up on ordinary net […]
Jan 6, 2005
From Xinhua: “A source from the Internet Society of China’s anti-spam team on Wednesday said China has become the world’s second largest source of spam, after the United States. The source acknowledged that 180 of 400 IP addresses blocked by the International Anti-Spam Organization in November 2004 were Chinese.”
Dec 14, 2004
From Asia Times, by Colin Galloway: “China has never been known as the friendly face of the Internet. Police and government agencies go to great lengths to control how citizens get online and how they act when they do, actively persecuting dissidents, closing thousands of Internet cafes, and creating a vast and technically dazzling cyber-edifice […]
Sep 13, 2004
From Business Week: “The country’s ISPs are working with U.S. outfits to halt the deluge of junk e-mail pouring out of the Middle Kingdom It has been clear for some time now that China is a major new battleground in the war against junk e-mail.” The full article is here.
Sep 8, 2004
MSNBC had an news article from Reuters today entitled China urged to take action on spam. “China is the world’s third-largest spam producing country, after the United States and South Korea, accounting for 11.62 percent of all unwanted messages, software firm Sophos says. Some experts blame China, which cracks down on political dissent and pornography […]
Jun 11, 2004
“Anti-spam detectives find Asian countries and territories such as China, India, South Korea and Hong Kong to be the biggest sources for these nuisance mails selling anything from casino tokens to magic potions that enlarge certain parts of the anatomy. China’s Internet servers received 150 billion junk e-mails last year, according to a Reuters report […]
May 29, 2004
Beijing’s Alfa Lounge Wednesday night played host to the opening of
May 17, 2004
IDG News Service published a group of articles, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of China being connected to the Internet. These reports range from “A brief history of the Internet in China” to “Chinese Internet users work to make knowledge free.”
May 15, 2004
“Despite Beijing’s Net censorship, the country appears to be playing host to thousands of the sites spammers want you to visit.” The Business Week reported this story here.
CDT in the News
- China Brief – Much Cause But Little Recourse For Popular Discontent
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) – Young people living in and outside China fight to keep spirit of ‘white paper’ protests alive
- ASPI – Singing from the CCP’s songsheet: The role of foreign influencers in China’s propaganda system
- Lacuna Magazine – Redacted Fantasy: China’s Dystopian Censorship of Online Fiction
- Sinocism – Sharp China: The Foreign Influencer Ecosystem; Money Flowing Out of China; Xi’s Exit Strategy; A Mao YouTube Controversy (11.29.2023)