China's government has banned the promotion of its hip-hop culture despite growing popularity. Why the sudden crackdown? Karen Zhang writes.
Cultural black-out on China’s hip-hop music
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Trading freedom for functionality: China’s app censorship
WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app is an integral part of Chinese contemporary culture. The app has over 800 million active users, 90% being Chinese, and is used to conduct virtually every sort of transaction imaginable in China.
The app is also highly censored and heavily monitored by the Chinese Central Government.
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Facebook: A coercive political actor?
Society and culture | South Asia
If Facebook could stack an election against the likes of Pauline Hanson or Donald Trump, would you want it to? Would you want it to quash the threat of global terror by employing algorithms to censor content which demonstrates partiality to flagged organisations or individuals?
Facebook may seem to be an innocuous and convenient communication platform, however it has become apparent that Facebook has the means to transform these questions into reality. In the majority of situations the only mechanism capable of constraining Facebook is corporate morality.
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