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[liberationtech] Expanding beyond China

Charlie Smith charlie.smith at
Tue Oct 29 10:45:41 PDT 2013

We have been monitoring online censorship in China since 2011 via In 2012, we launched FreeWeibo where we make available
weibos (the equivalent of Twitter’s tweets) that have been censored on Sina
Weibo, the most popular microblog in China and the country's biggest single
social network. Using a range of sources, we operate the only database of
censored Chinese user content anywhere. We currently make available 20
million weibos out of which 235,000 are confirmed to have been censored. We
are able to detect high-level censored content in real time. It’s both a
demonstration of what an uncensored Chinese Internet could look like, and a
practical tool for keeping up to date on what the Chinese authorities don’t
want you to know.

We are now considering expanding our offerings beyond China and I am
curious in hearing about which countries (and why) the members of this list
feel should warrant our initial attention.

Charlie Smith

@CensoredWeibo <>
@GreatFireChina <>
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