Why Cambodia’s China-style internet gateway is problematic

Published 18 February 2021 at Thomson Reuters Foundation, here. On Wednesday, the Cambodian government enacted a decree establishing a national internet gateway, paving the way for the creation of a China-style Great Firewall. Implementing a centralized censorship and surveillance infrastructure of this scale allows Prime Minister Hun Sen to tighten the noose on what remains of internet … More Why Cambodia’s China-style internet gateway is problematic

Myanmar’s internet shutdown: A global problem which needs global solutions

Published 1 February 2021 at Thomson Reuters Foundation, here. Within a week of seizing power in a 1 February coup, the Myanmar military has already orchestrated two nation-wide internet shutdowns. Amid the rolling internet shutdowns, the Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) issued orders on 3 February forcing telecommunication operators to block access to Facebook. This order … More Myanmar’s internet shutdown: A global problem which needs global solutions

How to Bypass ‘Digital Dictatorship’ During the Myanmar Coup

Published 8 February 2021 at Vice, here. Within the first week of the military seizing power in a coup on Feb. 1, Myanmar has already been plunged into two internet shutdowns: first, as soldiers arrested Aung San Suu Kyi and top leaders, and then several days later, as protests against the junta spread around the country. Between shutdowns, telecommunications … More How to Bypass ‘Digital Dictatorship’ During the Myanmar Coup

Turkey should stand up for Uyghurs and refuse to ratify China extradition treaty

Published 6 January 2021 Nikkei Asian Review, here. Last week, China ratified an extradition treaty with Turkey and if Ankara follows suit the pact will become law, potentially putting thousands of Uyghurs living in Turkey at risk. China has pursued an aggressive worldwide campaign to sign such agreements as part of extraterritorial legal and extra-legal … More Turkey should stand up for Uyghurs and refuse to ratify China extradition treaty

UN-Tencent partnership raises questions of censorship and surveillance

Published 15 April 2020 Nikkei Asian Review, here. At the start of April, the U.N. and Chinese technology business Tencent Holdings announced a partnership to host thousands of online conversations using Tencent’s videoconferencing software, in part to ask what the world should look like in 25 years. This sounds modern and optimistic, but the deal risks involving … More UN-Tencent partnership raises questions of censorship and surveillance

A missing Chinese property tycoon exposes how Xi Jinping governs through enforced disappearance

Published 13 April 2020 at Hong Kong Free Press, here. Ren Zhiqiang, an outspoken Chinese tycoon, who in a February essay blamed the Coronavirus outbreak on a Party culture that prioritizes propaganda, flattery toward Xi Jinping, and silences free speech, has himself been silenced. He disappeared last month, joining a growing list of recent whistle-blowers who have gone missing after speaking … More A missing Chinese property tycoon exposes how Xi Jinping governs through enforced disappearance

Detained Chinese lawyer Wang Quanzhang must be granted freedom, not ‘non-release release’

Published 3 April 2020 at Hong Kong  Free Press, here. If you care about human rights in China, April 5 should be circled on your calendar. On that day, human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, my old friend and colleague, after an outrageous series of abuses by the Chinese state, is set to walk free. Wang, … More Detained Chinese lawyer Wang Quanzhang must be granted freedom, not ‘non-release release’

It’s time to boycott any company doing business in Xinjiang

Published 27 October 2019 at the Guardian, here. Any western company doing business in Xinjiang should consider their supply chains tainted by forced labour drawn from internment camps. Hardly a drop in the ocean of the vast global economy, this involves companies such as Ikea, H&M, Volkswagen and Siemens. This month, the United States banned the import of … More It’s time to boycott any company doing business in Xinjiang

Too little, too late: It’s time to freeze the sale of crowd control equipment to Hong Kong police

Published 7 September 2019 at Hong Kong Free Press, here. This week, after months of protest, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam finally withdrew the controversial extradition bill largely responsible for sparking a months-long resistance. For movement leaders like Joshua Wong and others the announcement came as too little, too late, especially following intensified police brutality. … More Too little, too late: It’s time to freeze the sale of crowd control equipment to Hong Kong police

Int’l Day of the Disappeared: China must put a halt to secret detention and all forms of enforced disappearances

Published 30 August 2019 at Hong Kong Free Press, here. August 30 is set aside each year as the International Day of the Disappeared to raise awareness of the victims of enforced disappearances and to end the terrifying state practice. The practice involves authorities taking someone using agents of the state, or those acting on their behalf, followed by … More Int’l Day of the Disappeared: China must put a halt to secret detention and all forms of enforced disappearances