After the Clubhouse audio app was blocked in mainland China, reports of data security breaches emerged. Photo: Getty Images After the Clubhouse audio app was blocked in mainland China, reports of data security breaches emerged. Photo: Getty Images
After the Clubhouse audio app was blocked in mainland China, reports of data security breaches emerged. Photo: Getty Images
Vivienne Chow
Opinion

Opinion

Vivienne Chow

Why the Clubhouse app is so popular despite its security risks

  • The app’s popularity reflects our burning desire to communicate and connect in a pandemic despite the emerging data risks
  • It is, in essence, a social experiment on how to responsibly exercise our freedom of speech, and there’s much more to it than just hardcore politics

After the Clubhouse audio app was blocked in mainland China, reports of data security breaches emerged. Photo: Getty Images After the Clubhouse audio app was blocked in mainland China, reports of data security breaches emerged. Photo: Getty Images
After the Clubhouse audio app was blocked in mainland China, reports of data security breaches emerged. Photo: Getty Images
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Vivienne Chow

Vivienne Chow

Vivienne is a journalist and critic specialising in the arts, culture and cultural affairs. She was named one of the world’s best young journalists and critics while representing Hong Kong at the 2004 inaugural Berlinale Talent Press at the Berlin International Film Festival, and in 2015 was awarded the IJP Fellowship for mid-career journalism training and conducting research on cultural policy. Vivienne was a staff reporter with the South China Morning Post for 15 years, and remains a contributor after founding her own non-profit educational initiative, the Cultural Journalism Campus. Follow her on Twitter @VivienneChow and read her blog, Culture Shock, at www.viviennechow.com