China ramps up information warfare operations abroad

  • Thu, 06/30/2016 - 21:51

China’s participation in and sponsorship of international conferences, closed-door trilateral meetings and other forms of academic exchanges has exploded in recent years.

The Conservative party’s human rights commission says Xi Jinping has presided over the most intense crackdown since the Tiananmen massacre. Photograph: TASS / Barcroft Images

UK should rethink China friendship over human rights, Tory group urges

  • Thu, 06/30/2016 - 21:38

Human rights commission’s report details crackdown on human rights lawyers, Hong Kong booksellers and journalists

China replaces its internet czar. Will its policies change, too?

  • Wed, 06/29/2016 - 18:52

China will replace its top Internet regulator and censor Lu Wei, who had become the face of the government during its negotiations with foreign technology companies.

FILE - Computer users sit near a monitor display with a message from the Chinese police on the proper use of the Internet at an Internet cafe in Beijing, China.

China Seeks On-Off Switch for Internet

  • Wed, 06/29/2016 - 18:46

A controversial cyber security law that is under review in China will give authorities the power to shut down the internet and block all communications online when so-called “emerging social security events” occur.

China's President Xi Jinping (pictured, C) reminded top state media outlets to "strictly adhere to the orders of the Chinese Communist Party" during a series of high-profile visits to their headquarters in February

China's propaganda department 'not good enough at propaganda'

  • Thu, 06/09/2016 - 19:56

China's propaganda department, tasked with controlling the media and arts, has been given a slap on the wrist for not being good enough at shaping public opinion, according to a report on a government website.

A file photo of Lei Yang

Dispatches: China Should End Deaths in Police Custody

  • Fri, 05/27/2016 - 18:11

The death of 29-year-old Lei Yang on May 7 while in police custody sparked a firestorm of criticism against the police across China.

gyptian protesters hold candles and a poster depicting slain journalist Mayada Ashraf in Cairo this year. This is the sort of action that the Committee to Protect Journalists supports. (European Pressphoto Agency)

Nations with poor human rights records block U.N. status for press-rights group

  • Fri, 05/27/2016 - 18:05

Countries with poor human rights records succeeded Thursday in blocking U.N.status for a well-regarded international press rights organization in what some diplomats see as a blow to free expression throughout the world.

Commuters using smartphones stand in line at a bus station in Beijing on March 2. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works

  • Tue, 05/24/2016 - 20:16

This is part of a series examining the impact of China’s Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

To sway public opinion, China plants 488 million fake social media posts a year

  • Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:51

The Chinese government is paying its employees to generate positive comments on blog posts, and those positive comments totaled about 488 million from 2013 to 2014, a study from Harvard University researchers revealed last week.

Revealed: the digital army making hundreds of millions of social media posts singing praises of the Communist Party

  • Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:46

US researchers carry out first deep analysis of China’s government-backed internet warriors known as the ‘50-cent gang’