Why Open Data Is Good for China

(This op-ed was originally published on Global Policy, Mar 2017. The team at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) offered a lot of help from shaping the structure to editing the language. Special thanks to Joel, Mirko and Maddie.) In the past decade, open data has grown out of a conceptual discussion into a global … Continue reading

How data and social media are transforming investigative journalism in China

If you put “investigative journalism + China” in Google search bar, you will probably be disappointed with the few results it returns. There is a book about it <Investigative Journalism in China: Eight Cases in Chinese Watchdog Journalism>, which I read a few years ago and would still recommend. For the English-reading world, there is really limited … Continue reading

Infographics Booming in China

Sina, China’s largest internet portal and media website, launched a channel for infographics this week. Its main mission is visualizing news, as claimed on its official weibo (microblog) introduction. Sina is already the late comer. In the past year, infographics has been booming in China. Magazines and newspapers are building more graphics, blogs are translating … Continue reading

Social media observations of the “vacation-style treatment” case

Another new term gets extremely popular in the past 24 hours: vacation-style treatment, or 休假式治疗 in Chinese, due to the abrupt news of an Chongqing official’s mysterious disappearance. It is the bigest political news for China today (Wednesday Feb 8), and gets great media attention, both nationally and internationally. I won’t list the details of the story here … Continue reading