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The Dark Side of China's Tech Boom

  • Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:31

China’s tech giants are helping the state build a digital panopticon.

A student walks through the quadrangle of King's College, Cambridge, on Nov. 24, 2005. (Graham Barclay/Bloomberg News)

In reversal, Cambridge University Press restores articles after China censorship row

  • Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:28

Cambridge University Press reversed course Monday after facing a major backlash from academics over its decision to bow to Chinese government demands to censor an important academic journal.

Chinese Muslim Dissidents Remain Protected In EU, But For How Long?

  • Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:11

Dolkun Isa was on his way to speak at Italy’s Senate late last month when he was stopped by the police and detained for a number of hours.

Guang Niu—Getty Images Uighur students study in front of a map of China at the Islam College in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, October 13, 2005

China is Forcing Uighurs Abroad to Return Home. Why Aren’t More Countries Refusing to Help?

  • Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:32

The campaign began quietly. Students studying abroad were told to return home. Many did, and their classmates didn’t hear from them afterwards. For those who needed extra incentive to get moving, police detained their families back home.

Big Data & AI Harnessed to Perfect the Police State in China

  • Thu, 08/10/2017 - 19:20

The increasing sophistication and reach of the country’s AI-enabled police-state apparatus mean that it is possible that Liu’s peaceful, moderate and incremental goals for political liberalization might lapse into dormancy for the foreseeable future.

Life on the old Silk Road: the Uighurs of Kashgar – in pictures

  • Wed, 08/02/2017 - 15:58

Tensions have long been high over the Chinese government’s influence and continued crackdowns on the cultural identity of the Uighur ethnic group

12 Regions of China: Xinjiang

  • Fri, 07/28/2017 - 18:12

China’s ‘new frontier’ is home to the largely Muslim Uyghur ethnic group.

Liu Xiaobo Wasn’t China’s Only Prisoner of Conscience

  • Thu, 07/27/2017 - 17:26

The best way to honor his memory is to press China to end torture and free other dissidents.

Xie Yanyi, one of the lawyers detained in the 709 crackdown. Credit Giulia Marchi for The New York Times

The Lonely Crusade of China’s Human Rights Lawyers

  • Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:40

As the global spotlight on the nation’s domestic policies has dimmed, lawyers for dissidents increasingly face a terrible choice: acquiescence or imprisonment.

The Uyghur Exodus?

  • Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:51

Surely, I am not a believer of the idea that history repeats itself. For this idea simply presupposes the existence of an underlying cause that necessitates repeated happenings of certain events in history.