Tag Archives: China

Who’s the Boss? The difficulties of identifying censorship in an environment with distributed oversight: a large-scale comparison of Wikipedia China with Hudong and Baidu Baike

This project is a large-scale comparison of the three services, matching thousands of Chinese-language Wikipedia articles with their in-China counterparts, in order to identify the “content gaps” in the two baike. The difficulties of identifying traditional cases of information control in environments with distributed oversight like online enclopedias will be discussed. The research methodology and some of the initial results (including tables of possibly censored articles) will also be presented.

Visualizing Changes in Censorship: Summarizing two months of Sina Weibo keyword monitoring with two interactive charts

The China Chats keyword list was tested on Sina Weibo four times from Jun to Aug 2013. The data allows us to identify changes in censorship on Sina Weibo over time.

Google Policy Fellow Jason Q. Ng to launch “Blocked on Weibo” book in Toronto

August 29, 2013

Jason Q. Ng at New America Foundation film screening

Citizen Lab Google Policy Fellow Jason Q. Ng is participating in a discussion at the New America Foundation NYC on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6:30pm.

Using the China Chats surveillance/censorship keyword list: analyzing blocked terms, search result numbers, and overlaps of censored terms between services

Working with the just-released China Chats keyword list, Jason Q. Ng extended The Citizen Lab/UNM’s analysis by checking whether each of the 4,256 keywords was blocked from searching on Sina Weibo. This report includes further analysis and examination of other potential censorship tactics by Weibo revealed in the data.

Google Policy Fellow Jason Q. Ng at Chinese Internet Research Conference

Citizen Lab Google Policy Fellow Jason Q. Ng is participating in the Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) taking place from 14-16 June 2013 at the University of Oxford.

Censoring a commemoration: What June 4-related search terms are blocked on Weibo today

As citizens in China commemorate the twenty-fourth anniversary of June 4th today, we identified 71 keywords that are currently blocked from searching on Sina Weibo.

In wake of cyberattacks, China seeks new rules

Source: The New York Times

China has issued a new call for international “rules and cooperation” on Internet espionage issues, while insisting that accusations of Chinese government involvement in recent hacking attacks were part of an international smear campaign.

TOM-Skype surveillance research in Bloomberg Business Week

Bloomberg Business Week reports on joint Citizen Lab and University of New Mexico research on surveillance in the TOM-Skype instant messaging client (Chinese version of Skype).

Chinese cyberwar and the US ‘myth of scheming’

Source: Graham Webster, Al Jazeera

Last week, after the Washington Post reported that numerous Washington institutions in and outside government have experienced hacking attributed to China, the Post’s excellent political writer Ezra Klein had an unfortunate foray into commentary on Chinese elite politics.