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The New York Times' Chinese Social Media Account is Suspended

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, July 10 2012

Mashable reports that the Chinese government shut down the New York Times' social media experiment just one week after it was launched. The Times launched its Chinese language edition at the end of June, targeting educated, affluent Chinese and promising to remain true to its high journalistic standards despite Chinese censorship of online content. Concurrently, the Times set up official accounts on popular Chinese social media platforms. So far the Chinese government has allowed free access to the news site, but it shut down its official account on Sina Weibo, a popular social media platform that is described as a hybrid of Facebook and Twitter. Read More

Backstage at #PDF12: An Xiao Mina on Politics and the Chinese Language

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 13 2012

By now you may have seen artist and designer An Xiao Mina's Personal Democracy Forum 2012 talk, "Internet Street Art and Social Change in China," in which she talks about how street art, Internet memes and political satire collide online in China.

In her talk, she touched on how the Chinese language's abundance of homonyms and visual metaphor is fuel for political commentary that can find its way around censorship and surveillance.

Backstage at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, I asked her to go into more detail about how much Internet culture in China owes to a long history of cultural criticism. Our short conversation is after the jump.

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Bahrain and Belarus named Enemies of the Internet

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, March 13 2012

Reporters without Borders released an updated report yesterday of the countries that it has designated Enemies of the Internet. Read More

On Google+, Peering Over the Great Firewall at Obama's Campaign

BY Raphael Majma | Monday, February 27 2012

Chinese Internet users have started to “occupy” President Barack Obama’s Google+ page. Google+ is normally blocked to users in China, but some users have been able to access the site using mobile devices while others remain unable to access the site at all. Read More

Book Review: Consent of the Networked

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 3 2012

Book cover for Rebecca MacKinnon's "Consent of the Networked"

Last night, a crowd of more than one hundred gathered on the sixth floor of MIT's Media Lab to help Rebecca MacKinnon launch her new book, The Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom. The audience included net luminaries like Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, and Andrew Newman, the director of the Tor Project, and the discussion was at the same level. Herewith, my thoughts on her book salted by some observations from the event. Read More

On Humor and Being 'Harmonized:' Read This NYTimes Piece on Censorship in China

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 31 2011

Discovered late, this New York Times Magazine article on the tension between Internet humor and censors in China is well worth a read: To slip past censors, Chinese bloggers have become masters of comic subterfuge, ... Read More

Internet Drives Outrage Over Disaster in China

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 29 2011

The aftermath of a bullet train crash in eastern China over the weekend is yet another example of the Chinese government's weakening grip on control of public access to information, shaken loose by scandal after scandal ... Read More

China Keeping Tabs on Microbloggers' Organizing, Crude Poems

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 9 2011

Chinese authorities are cracking down on perceived challenges that are popping up on 'microblogging' platforms, reports the New York Times' Michael Wines in a pair of articles. They are, reports Wines, objecting to ... Read More

White House Officials Targeted in Gmail Invasion

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 3 2011

At a hearing last month, House oversight committee chair Rep. Darrell Issa pressed White House Chief Information Officer Brook Colangelo on whether White House staff might be bringing personal iPads with them to work. ... Read More

Eggs Against the Wall in Beijing

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 20 2011

Chinese authorities are reportedly looking for a college student who threw eggs at "the father of the Great Firewall." Read More