Oiwan Lam

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Oiwan Lam is the is the Regional Editor for Northeast Asia for Global Voices. Lam is a media activist, researcher and educator currently based in Hong Kong.


Chinese Netizens Had a Field Day Over That Huawei Propaganda Video

Oiwan Lam

Huawei has denied any involvement in the making of the video. Probably for the best.


Reddit Users Hit Back at US$150m Tencent Investment With Censorship Memes

Oiwan Lam

Reddit users are voicing their opposition to Chinese-style censorship with memes.


Chinese Internet Users React After Authorities Target Citizens for Using VPNs

Oiwan Lam

Netizens are worried after authorities fined a Guangdong resident for using a VPN.


Malaysian Government Uses Barking Chicken to Celebrate Year of the Dog

Oiwan Lam

Some believe that the use of a barking rooster in the Chinese New Year ad is meant to avoid insulting some Muslims, who consider dogs unclean.


Chatroom Jokes Lead to Jail in China

Oiwan Lam

The maximum penalty for this crime is five years behind bars.


Hong Kong Feels a Chill amid Legislative Council Changes

Oiwan Lam

Recent changes to Hong Kong's Legislative Council rules weaken its ability to check the power of the city's government.


Views from Inside China on Mugabe's Fall from Grace

Oiwan Lam

China had been political allies with Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe until the leader stepped down. The reaction inside China has been mixed.


Mulling the Cost of China Winning the AI Race

Oiwan Lam

'Both Chinese and foreign experts reckon that China has the most advanced — and cheapest — AI-enabled surveillance technology in the world.'


China and the End of Anonymous

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'Most online comments on the regulation have been hidden on social media — some threads show only two comments out of hundreds, while on others the comment section has been shut down. The majority of comments do not appear on a search.'


Reporter Criticized after River Water Stunt in China

Oiwan Lam

In a highly criticized stunt, a Chinese reporter drinks river water to prove It's clean.

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