Category Archives: internet

The first fallout of the CUP censorship – Ian Johnson

The decision by the Cambridge University Press to bow to Chinese censorship and block over 300 articles on its China site has shocked the academic world. Journalist Ian Johnson , author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, reports on the issue for the New York Times and tested from Beijing what he could no longer get.

Tencent hits high on gaming – Matthew Brennan

Internet giant Tencent might be most known for its loss-making WeChat, but that chat tool is effectively used to generate revenue through gaming, says e-commerce expert Matthew Brennan on QZ. The company reported a stellar performance of the second quarter.

How China will execute its VPN ban – Matthew Brennan

Can the Chinese censors funnel almost all internet traffic through government-approved VPN’s? Yes, says social media expert Matthew Brennan to the Beijinger. The often-heard assumption China cannot afford a fully controlled internet might be wrong, he says. Apple pulling the plug on VPN’s might only be the start.

China: bound to be the first cashless society – Ben Cavender

A decade ago, in China cash was king. But in less than another decade, the same country could be the first fully cashless society, says business analyst Ben Cavender to AFP. Cavender estimates China’s mobile payment market is already 40-50 times larger than the United States

Fintech experts at the China Speakers Bureau

From a cash country, where transactions were done by moving plastic bags with money between bank branches, China has turned into a leading force in fintech or financiel technology. Mobile payment are standard. Bitcoins and blockchain technology found in China early adopters. Social media have – more than anywhere in the world – adopted payment systems to facilitate online trade.

How a game changes society – Matthew Brennan

The Honor of Kings, a uniquely popular online game, is profoundly changing the Chinese society, says social media expert Matthew Brennan at eMarketer. Launched in November 2015 by tech giant Tencent, it even triggered off concerns by China’s leadership.

Online literature writers make fortunes – Rupert Hoogewerf

While much of the book publishers try to get their act together now readers go online, China boast even a top ten of literature writers, earning more than US$150 million each. Chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf explains to Global Times why the Harry Potter franchise did so well, also in China.

VPN access key for innovation – Andy Mok

Panic struck when media reported China would ban all VPN activity in February 2018, allowing to circumvent China’s internet censorship. That was a shock for many, and seems to have been confused with a business licensing system for VPN’s. Whatever is going to happen, innovation and startups need unfettered access to VPN, says innovation expert Andy Mok to Bloomberg.

Tencent’s Ma: the Don Corleone of China – Andy Mok

Tencent has become the major force in China, and refusing an offer by the giant is impossible for any startup, says internet expert Andy Mok to Bloomberg. Pony Ma, the CEO of Tencent, is almost like Don Corleone, he says. And it is going international too.

WeChat: indispensable for Chinese tourists – Matthew Brennan

Europe is preparing for the 2018 China-EU Tourism year and the European Parliament invited social media expert Matthew Brennan to Brussels to brief them on the position of WeChat. He explained the committee how to improve Europe’s performance, writes the China-EU newsletter.