Don’t reinvent the wheel

Earlier this month, a Beijing-based web browser startup named Redcore — which claimed to be 100%-China-developed and which targeted government customers — raised $36 million in funding. But internet users found out that ironically, not only was this startup that asserted to have “broken the American monopoly” not fully powered by Chinese technologies, it was,…

Chinese carrier deliberately censors content in the US? Stop the witch-hunt.

On July 4, The Washington Post published an op-ed headlined “China’s biggest cellphone company censors content — even in the United States,” revealing that users of China Mobile — a Chinese state-owned telecoms carrier — are unable to access websites banned in China while roaming in the US. The article characterizes the case as evidence…

Shenzhen, China 2017

As the final stop of my South China field trip1, I visited Shenzhen for the second time (in addition to several flight transfers) in June. To be honest, this Chinese city did not give me a very positive impression during my previous sojourns. There wasn’t as many skyscrapers two years ago, and cafés and shopping…