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China’s great cannon and censorship

The recent alarm that Chinese hackers had penetrated several vital digital systems even among dissidents in other countries, such as for example Canada, shows that cyber war is becoming the norm. What happens to freedom of expression when totalitarian states by the press of a button can silence critical voices on the other side of the globe?  Maria Vanta reports.

Speak to me—intelligence programmes can only read

In sci-fi literature ‘low tech’ is a way of evading control; simple technology is harder to trace than more advanced. Zeng Jinyan, blogger and human rights activist, writes about how Chinese dissidents often use a simple way of mobilizing social movements and spreading critical information: the app WeChat is not based on writing but on the human voice.

Wrong values? No money: On China’s new “social credit system”

Today China is on the digital forefront. It has the most Internet users in the world and here new technology is being tested. The country, however, also has a sad record when it comes to controlling the digital habits of its citizenry, and what is happening in China risks spreading to the rest of the world.

Cat and mouse, dog and Ouroboros

“Dictators learn faster than internet users.” This is the sad view of the future of the internet. But is this actually true? For many years, China has been the prototype for countries trying to control and censor the internet, but it seems that censorship in China has reached the end of the road. Recently, they seem to have managed to censor the entire internet.

Behind The Rise of the Great Powers

The present copyright holders to Mr Liu Xiaobo's work, Harvard University Press, has not granted us the right to publish his essay Behind The Rise of the Great Powers. Therefore this text is not available in English. Our apologies.

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