Author Archives: Jason Q. Ng

Jason Q. Ng is a graduate student in East Asian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Blocked on Weibo, a book about censorship and sensitive topics in Chinese social media. Other recent topics of research include online reaction to the 2012 Party Congress in China and anti-Japanese discourse on Sina Weibo. He previously worked as a research consultant at China Digital Times and a book editor, having graduated with a degree in English from Brown University. Ng will be working with the Citizen Lab on various research projects over the coming summer.

Politics, Rumors, and Ambiguity: Tracking Censorship on WeChat’s Public Accounts Platform

This report is an analysis of the types of content removed by WeChat on its public accounts (also known as “official accounts”) blogging platform.

Repository of censored and sensitive Chinese keywords: 13 lists, 9,054 terms

Contained are links to a set of 9,054 sensitive Chinese keywords, which combine 13 existing lists. These keywords may be helpful to researchers who are searching for censored content in Chinese or testing for network interference.

Tracing the Path of a Censored Weibo Post and Compiling Keywords that Trigger Automatic Review

We investigate what keywords might trigger censorship via automatic review in Sina Weibo and followed the pathways a typical censored post might take on Chinese social media.

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.

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.

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.