Samuel Wade for China Digital Times

Foreign Firms Under Fire Over Taiwan, Tibet References

The past week has seen a series of moves by the Cyberspace Administration of China and other official bodies to police sensitive political references on foreign companies’ websites, in part based on national security provisions in the country’s new cybersecurity law. The same law was als...

Chinese Privacy Concerns Focus on Tech Giants Over Government

The news that Apple will hand management of its Chinese users’ iCloud data over to a Guizhou-based state-owned enterprise follows a string of news stories about privacy concerns involving China’s biggest homegrown tech firms. On Tuesday, Caixin’s Han Wei reported, search giant Baid...

Tech Firms Boost Censorship as Legal Challenge Proceeds

The New York Times’ Raymond Zhong reported this week on a popular news, blog, and entertainment aggregation app’s collision with authorities as its soaring user base and $30 billion valuation bring down closer official scrutiny: The makers of the popular news app Jinri Toutiao unveiled ...

Minitrue 2017: December—World Internet Conference, War on Christmas

This series is a month-by-month recap of censorship instructions issued to the media by government authorities in 2017, and then leaked and distributed online. The names of issuing bodies have been omitted to protect sources. Following an order in November to suppress commentary on the investigation...

Minitrue 2017: November—Child Abuse, Evictions, More

This series is a month-by-month recap of censorship instructions issued to the media by government authorities in 2017, and then leaked and distributed online. The names of issuing bodies have been omitted to protect sources. In November, after several dry months, the floodgates opened. Several of t...

Minitruth 2017: October—“A Taxi Driver” & Tiananmen Echoes

This series is a month-by-month recap of censorship instructions issued to the media by government authorities in 2017, and then leaked and distributed online. The names of issuing bodies have been omitted to protect sources. Activist WCDT obtained only a single directive in October, following a sim...

Minitrue 2017: September—19th Congress, NK, Riots

This series is a month-by-month recap of censorship instructions issued to the media by government authorities in 2017, and then leaked and distributed online. The names of issuing bodies have been omitted to protect sources. September brought the 19th Party Congress, marking the end of Xi Jinping&#...

Minitrue 2017: September—Congress, NK, Tangshan

This series is a month-by-month recap of censorship instructions issued to the media by government authorities in 2017, and then leaked and distributed online. The names of issuing bodies have been omitted to protect sources. September brought the 19th Party Congress, marking the end of Xi Jinping&#...