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All Hands for Cybersecurity

This cartoon, called “Joint Protection” (共同守护), was created by Xu Jun (徐骏) for China’s official Xinhua News Agency, and posted on September 20, 2017, to commemorate the national China Cybersecurity Week. The cartoon shows hands representing a number of different parties surrounding the internet, represented by the smiling “@” symbol (the internet being delighted, of course, to receive such positive restraint on its chaotic tendencies). This laying on of hands around the internet creates a bright white zone labelled “cybersecurity.” The hands are labelled, clockwise from left, as “government,” “social organizations,” “internet masses” and “enterprises.” Here is a brief...

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Front Page: September 19, 2017

This week is China Cybersecurity Week, an occasion for Party and government officials across the country to mobilize the population on a range of cyber issues — and, importantly, for them to demonstrate that they are falling into line in implementing the policy drives conceived at the top. So media everywhere are placing Cybersecurity Week on their front pages, highlighting their local ceremonies, and signaling the importance of President Xi’s related utterances. Here is the front page from today’s Guangzhou Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Guangzhou Party Committee: Ren Xuefeng Tours Cybersecurity Technology and Achievements Exhibition: Deeply Implementing...

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Censor thyself

We are exactly one month away from the opening of the 19th National Congress of the CCP, the meeting during which key leadership decisions and agendas will be introduced to the public. But for now, the process of deliberating these decisions is cloaked in utmost secrecy. Even the date of the Congress was a mystery until a few short weeks ago. The political and media atmosphere ahead of the Party’s national congresses, which are held once every five years, tends to be extremely tense. And that often means those exercising control over the media must be extra careful and...

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Mention of 1933 truce deleted from Weibo

The following post making a seemingly casual reference to the Tanggu Truce of May 31, 1933, during which the Republic of China negotiated with Japanese representatives to end the conflict in Manchuria, was deleted from Sina Weibo just after midnight on September 5, 2017. The post was made about two hours prior to its deletion by “Weiyue Qinyu” (巍岳钦禹), an account holder routinely posting about Chinese military history. “Weiyue Qinyu” currently has more than 6.8 million fans on Weibo, and also operates a WeChat public account. It is not clear exactly what the authorities, or eager censors working within...

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