China Information Operations Newsletters

26 July 2021

The China Information Operations Newsletter is edited by Hannah Bailey and Hannah Kirk, researchers at the Programme on Democracy and Technology (DemTech) at Oxford University.

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04 November 2021

Disinformation Campaigns, Censorship Crackdowns and … Lobsters?

  • NBC & BBC articles
  • Financial Times & BBC reports
  • Journal of Contemporary China article

China’s Growing AI Capabilities

  • Stanford’s DigiChina translation
  • White Paper on China’s Computing Power Development Index translation & Axos report
  • Analysis by the Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Repressive Surveillance Systems in Xinjiang

  • Australian Strategic Policy Institute report
  • “In the Camps — China’s High-Tech Penal Colony” book

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07 October 2021

Who is behind China’s international influence campaigns?

  • Industrialised Disinformation
  • Wall Street Journal report
  • ChinaPower’s extensive interactive report
  • China Media Project & Information, Communication & Society
  • Mandiant Threat Intelligence uncovered evidence

New domestic surveillance approaches

  • BBC report & Hong Kong Free press
  • Big Data and Society article
  • China Media Project

What is China’s AI strategy?

  • Reuters report
  • Center for Security and Emerging Technology report

The unforeseen effects of China’s aggressive diplomacy on tech

  • Article in the People’s Daily
  • Wall Street Journal Report
  • BCC report

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10 September 2021

Reshaping Societal Values

  • Moderating citizens’ online behaviour
  • Xi Jinping thought
  • Increasing regulatory hold over big technology firms

But Grassroots Movements Still Wield Influence 

  • Leaders are still sensitive to online public opinion
  • State media publications are also not immune to online criticism
  • The CCP is aware of the need to be sensitive to domestic opinion to maintain popular support

Crackdown on Grassroots Movements

  • Flooding in Henan province reporting in Protocol & the Economist
  • Banning of WeChat accounts in the Guardian
  • Unpacking of China’s intricate censorship system in the China Quarterly
  • Hong Kong national security law in the Associated Press
  • “The Party and the People: Chinese Politics in the 21st Century”, Professor Bruce Dickson

A Summer of Regulatory Reforms 

  • Stanford University’s DigiChina report
  • Data Security Law and the Personal Information Protection Law

China’s Public Diplomacy Efforts Continue 

  • A study by the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR)
  • Chinese state media cites fictional Swiss biologist
  • Xi Jinping indicates that China’s “Wold Warrior” style diplomacy will continue
  • A report by a cybersecurity company PrivacyCo

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3 August 2021

Hacking for the Party?

  • Recent hack of Microsoft email servers
  • Chinese government new rules
  • Government crackdown on digital currency transactions

Beyond Domestic Audiences

  • A recent investigation by ProPublica
  • A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Crackdown on Grassroots Movements

  • Flooding in Henan province reporting in Protocol & the Economist
  • Banning of WeChat accounts in the Guardian
  • Unpacking of China’s intricate censorship system in the China Quarterly
  • Hong Kong national security law in the Associated Press
  • “The Party and the People: Chinese Politics in the 21st Century”, Professor Bruce Dickson

Expanding Regulatory Power

  • Investigation into Didi Global, Nikkei Asia
  • Tesla under scrutiny, Bloomberg reports
  • Private tutoring insight from Protocol

Learning to Localise Soft Power Narratives

  • Vloggers defend China’s government, BBC report
  • “Shaping the Future of Power: Knowledge Production and Network-Building in China–Africa Relations”,  Professor Lina Benabdallah

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8 July 2021

CCP at 100: How The Party Continues to Consolidate Domestic Power

  • Chinese Communist Party 100th anniversary
  • Journalists and social media users in mainland China
  • Censors within China face an important dilemma
  • The Cyberspace Administration of China

Beyond Domestic Audiences

  • A recent investigation by ProPublica
  • A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute

International Cyber Power: China’s Strengths and Weaknesses

  • A fifteen country study by the Institute for Strategic Studies
  • An interactive tool by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • The recent book “Global China: Assessing China’s Growing Role in the World”

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8 June 2021

China’s Evolving Discourse Power

  • Is China’s Diplomatic Soft Power Strategy Changing?
  • China’s Toolkit for Influencing International Discourse
  • China’s Disinformation Campaign in Taiwan
  • What Kind of “Power” Can Discourse Have?

Domestic Surveillance

  • China’s Use of Domestic Surveillance

China’s AI Strategy

  • Strategic Investment in Domestic AI Industry
  • Uncovering China’s System of Technology Transfer
  • Beyond Domestic Audiences & International Cyber Power: China’s Strengths and Weaknesses

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11 May 2021

New Research

  • China’s Global Public Diplomacy Operations
  • China’s Information Operations in the UK
  • New Book on China’s Public Diplomacy
  • Information Control Damages Civic Trust in China

In The News

  • China Winning the Narrative War on Sinovac
  • Insecure Surveillance Systems
  • The Emergence of Chinese Crypto