Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in China. We found that the Internet fuels — and fights — this.

The Washington Post, 12 May 2017

By Rose Luqiu & Fan Yang — During the National People’s Congress in March, top officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a Muslim-majority area in northwest China, warned political leaders that terrorist activities threatened to destabilize China.

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How a censored version of Facebook could destabilize China’s government

The Washington Post, 28 December 2016

237802sc3By Kara Alaimo — Facebook is said to have developed censorship software in an effort to make it politically possible to operate in China, where the government has blocked access to the social network since 2009. Yes, giving in to the demands of an undemocratic regime to obstruct free speech would set a dangerous precedent.

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Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China

The New York Times, 23 November 2016


By Mike Isaac — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.

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China doubles down on internet control after tough new law

Associated Press, 17 November 2016


By Gerry Shih — China’s leaders and official media are pushing for greater control of the internet and technology products as tensions surrounding a far-reaching Chinese cybersecurity law loom over a gathering this week of the world’s leading tech firms and Chinese officials.

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Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn and others must resist China’s Orwellian vision of the internet

Hong Kong Free Press, 16 November 2016

chrome_2016-11-16_11-56-38By Roseann Rife — Facebook, Microsoft, and LinkedIn are among the tech firms expected to be on a charm offensive with Chinese officials at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, which starts today.

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Man Held in China’s Xinjiang For Downloading ‘Terrorist’ Circumvention Software

Radio Free Asia, 30 October 2016

RFA Uyghur Service — Authorities in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang have reportedly detained a man for using circumvention software to scale the complex system of blocks, filters, and human censorship known as the Great Firewall.

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Foreign Reporters in China Face More Restrictions Now, Report Says

The New York Times, 23 September 2016


By Ian Johnson — China has tightened restrictions on foreign journalists since Xi Jinping became the country’s leader four years ago, complicating efforts to parse Beijing’s thinking at a time when its slowing economy and growing global ambitions are making it increasingly important to the world.

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