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First POST: Responding

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, November 26 2014

The aftermath of Ferguson continues to reverberate; how one Senate campaign took advantage of Facebook's micro-targeting tools; the new Congress' tech agenda; and much, much more Read More

When Victorious Obama Spoke to “Distant Nations,” China’s Web Users Were Listening

BY David Wertime | Friday, November 9 2012

In his acceptance speech in the early morning of November 7, re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama seemed to be talking to the world when he said: “We can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today.” If the President was attempting to project his words to “distant nations,” he succeeded. People in China, at least, were listening. Read More

Chinese Microbloggers Fill Vacuum Left By State Media in Coverage of Popular Protests

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, July 18 2012

As analysts and observers release their studies of protests in Shifang, a city in China's Sichuan province, their work indicates that social-media-savvy Chinese officials are giving space online to some dissenting views at a sensitive time of transition for the ruling Chinese Communist Party. The official handling of the Shifang protests raises two salient questions: Why did local officials accede to protesters' demands, scrapping plans for a new factory? And why did the central government, perfectly capable of censoring some if not all dissenting opinions on social media, not hinder access to information about the unrest on platforms like the country's Twitter-like Sina Weibo? Read More