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    The answers to why there was no 'Chinese Spring' can all be found online

    Posted Feb 25th 2013, 10:30am by John Kennedy

    ... the internet. Criticism once made of CCTV of being a lapdog to the Party, one which bites whomever and as hard as commanded, can now be applied not just to Sina Weibo but to all public media in China. ...

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    The Obama-Romney foreign policy debate as seen on Sina Weibo

    Posted Oct 23rd 2012, 08:54am by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy The third and final debate between US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney takes place today. With "the rise of China" one of the set topics for the debate and likely to dominate discussion throughout, interest has peaked on Chinese social networking sites; we've pulled some of what is being said on Sina Weibo in real-time ...

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    Who are the top movers and shakers of Chinese social media?

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:52pm by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy Sina Weibo yesterday published a list of its most influential users for 2012, in categories which include internet celebrities, media, education and government. Former head ... and 2 religious figures, bottomed out by another VC, a lawyer, an astrologist, a doctor and a cartoonist. For reference, Sina Weibo's top 15 internet celebs of 2012 are: 1. Kai-Fu Lee 2. He Jiong, ...

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    Police intimidate another press freedom-supporting celebrity and WeChat gets caught censoring

    Posted Jan 11th 2013, 08:33am by John Kennedy

    ... 'tea' harassment by authorities after she expressed support for Southern Weekly on her Sina Weibo microblog, and netizens began noticing Thursday that popular mobile messaging service WeChat  is ... via microblog accounts, despite frenetic online censorship and fiery propaganda edicts. Tech in Asia--  Rumor: Weibo Celebrities Like Kaifu Lee Questioned by Chinese Police   If Chinese state ...

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    China's fake presidential election inspires fake election fever

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 11:08am by John Kennedy

    ... political humour ensued, then Sina Weibo employees caught on and removed most of it from the microblogging site, but not before Chinese Twitter users made backup copies. Here's some of what ...

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    Communist Party is giving more power to members working in Beijing internet companies

    Posted Jan 11th 2013, 11:19am by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy Thursday afternoon, Sina Weibo users began to buzz around a new face on the platform- a 'verified' microblog account claiming to represent all Party members at Sina Corp. In its first- and, for the moment, only- post, the 'Sina.com Party Committee' account encourages Party members at the company to send feedback its way, describing ...

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    Internet censorship and the political economy of control

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 10:56am by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy Last month, independent media critic Michael Anti wrote of how microblogging site Sina Weibo enables the Chinese central government to easily identify a potential political ... When the Bo Xilai scandal broke out for example, the central government allowed users a certain freedom to criticise and discuss the provincial politician’s fall from grace. Beijing uses Weibo ...

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    Propaganda players lost the plot a bit this week

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 03:03pm by John Kennedy

    ... by a high-ranking military officer in Guangzhou which was brought to public attention after the flight attendant turned to the 'human flesh search engine' skills of Sina Weibo users, who ... the propaganda authorities in one district in Guangzhou – through its Sina Weibo microblog account, no less, where the party mouthpiece last night also announced that Fang has been suspended from both ...

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    Southern Weekly's moment of reckoning

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 08:56am by John Kennedy

    ... freedom, and human rights, says Weibo's @ xiaohanrizhi twitter.com/wenyunchao/sta… — John Kennedy (@28wordslater) January 7, 2013 This Guangzhou street is lined with press freedom advocates, ... — John Kennedy (@28wordslater) January 7, 2013 12:15PM A bunch of police cars just pulled up, writes Weibo user xiaohanrizhi, and this woman is getting her ID checked. twitter.com/28wordslater/s… ...

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    Xi Jinping's 'bring on the criticism' brings little more than scepticism

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 08:45am by John Kennedy

    ... years in prison and just Wednesday one woman appears to have disappeared shortly after posting on Sina Weibo her computer had been seized by police for making fun of Xi Jinping's goofy online PR team. Twitter user @ paleylin held incommunicado for over 24 hours so far for poking fun at Xi Jinping's fans group on Weibo @学习粉丝团. — Yaxue Cao (@YaxueCao) 2013年2月7日 #WangDengchao ...




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