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City and Country Branding - How Cities Compete in the 21st Century

Scott Goodson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Travel
Scott Goodson

It's March and people are starting to plan their travel for next summer. Some people are planning next winter break. Others are thinking about investing money or starting offices. Which city or country will you choose?

How the Internet Empowers China's Citizens to Monitor Local Officials but Trust Beijing

Han-Teng Liao | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Han-Teng Liao

The role of Internet has been instrumental in centralizing control by the central government so that the fragmented and decentralized local powers can be monitored and disciplined.

Watching China From Cyberspace

Sophie Beach | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Sophie Beach

China's censors are well trained and equipped to identify content that poses a potential challenge to the Chinese Communist Party's social and ideological control. We have consistently found that the most interesting stories are those which propaganda officials handpick to censor, but which Internet users feel compelled to discuss anyway, often using coded or cryptic language.

Nine Rules for Effective Online Content

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Design improvements are usually implemented incrementally, even granularly. Over time, however, the look and feel of advertising can evolve significantly when based on data that fuel content optimization: test, learn, apply.

TV Biopic On Deng Xiaoping Stirs Controversy In China

China Digital Times | Posted 08.20.2014 | World

User-Generated, Censor-Chosen Keywords on Weibo is a monthly feature produced by China Digital Times for The WorldPost. At the auspicious hour ...

Soccer Commentator Turned Government Critic Silenced In China

China Digital Times | Posted 07.14.2014 | World

User Generated, Censor Chosen Keywords on Weibo is a monthly feature produced by China Digital Times for The WorldPost. Li Chengpeng is a polit...

Commemorating 'May 35th' In China

China Digital Times | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

User Generated, Censor-Chosen Keywords on China’s Weibo “Sensitive words” are those terms which are liable to be blocked on the Chinese I...

Chinese Netizens Speak Out For Arrested Rights Lawyer

China Digital Times | Posted 05.09.2014 | World

User Generated, Censor-Chosen Keywords on China’s Weibo “Sensitive words” are those terms which are liable to be blocked on the Chinese Inter...

How Chinese Internet Censorship Works, Sometimes

ChinaFile | Jason Q. Ng | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

Earlier this week, Chinese Internet services blocked searches for the phrase mìshū bāng (秘书帮). Roughly translated as “secretaries gang,...

Chinese President Xi's Steamed Buns Still Roiling Weibo

China Digital Times | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

User Generated, Censor Chosen Keywords on Weibo is a monthly feature produced by China Digital Times for The WorldPost. Comfort food--with the pre...

Why A Popular Brand Name For Instant Noodles Is Censored On China's Weibo

China Digital Times | Posted 05.09.2014 | World

One of the stranger nicknames Chinese Internet users have given to Zhou is “Master Kang” (Kang Shifu 康师傅). Kang Shifu is a ubiquitous brand ...

The Faces of Social Media Censorship

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Online news organization ProPublica on Friday launched a special feature documenting censorship on social media in China.

Made in China

David Sable | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
David Sable

If you think China is all about cheap labor, and that the basis of its power is the sheer number of low-paid people it can throw at a problem -- or that censorship and lack of personal freedom limits Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship -- think again.

China Indoctrinating Journalists? Think Again

Amy Wu | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Amy Wu

The government appears to be cracking down on journalists. Nothing new. The government appears to be cracking down on the Internet. Yawn. The government is force feeding journalists Marxist theory in Peking duck fashion. We need a new story line.

Chinese Court Liveblogs Bo Xilai Trial On Social Media

AP | DIDI TANG | Posted 08.23.2013 | World

BEIJING -- Much of China was riveted to the stream of microblog updates from the trial of disgraced politician Bo Xilai – even a TV anchorwoman ...

Are We All Digital Diplomats?

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 08.16.2013 | Technology
Jean Newman Glock

Digital Diplomacy is a topic that conjures up images of embassies conversing with foreign governments and broadcasting information and well -- propaganda -- to impact policy goals. But you don't have to be a government or super influencer to have international impact. Social media has given everyone a voice.

Social Media and Its War on Censorship

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are being utilized more and more by journalists, activists and citizens as a medium for news and information. Yet, this still has a long way to go before it can be considered a feasible alternative to mainstream media.

Meme Sweeps Through China As Ladies Attempt The 'Perfect Split'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.03.2012 | Technology

Move over, planking; here comes the super split. A rather stretch-tastic trend is sweeping through the Interwebs in China, as flocks of limber ladi...

24-Year-Old Chinese Pop Star Dating 12-Year-Old Model

Posted 09.29.2012 | Style

Zhang Muyi, a 24-year-old pop star from China, made shockwaves recently when he publicly declared his love for Akama Miki, a 12-year-old Canadian-base...

Why Are So Many Respected Chinese Journalists Quitting?

Tea Leaf Nation | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Tea Leaf Nation

Recently, Jian Guangzhou (@简光洲), one of the most reputed investigative journalists in China, quit the Oriental Daily (@东方早报) and announced he was ending his reporting career.

Bush Brother's Communist Photo Makes Waves In China

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics

Neil Bush, younger brother of former President George W. Bush, raised some eyebrows on Monday after posting a picture showing him decked out in gear t...

Chinese Officials Deny Participation In Group Sex

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.14.2012 | World

In a controversy of viral proportions, China's Sina Weibo microblogging site lit up last Thursday as users across the country shared a series of photo...

The Words That Get Censored On Chinese Version Of Twitter (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 03.20.2012 | World

The words that China's equivalent of Twitter doesn't want people searching for might surprise you. Disinformation, an independent media company i...

Why Was The Word 'Salt' Banned In China?

Posted 03.15.2012 | Books

Chinese social media users weren't able to share many recipes for soup or french fries last year, as the term "iodized salt" was banned in an attempt ...

Deadline For Real Names Looms Over Chinese Twitter

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2012 | Technology

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Sina Corp estimates 60 percent of the users of its popular microblogging Weibo platform would have registered their real ...