“Who cares!” – Chinese netizens and online media react to the Court’s decision regarding South China Sea dispute

Key observations:

  • Strong nationalistic sentiments in social media posts and comments can be observed
  • State-controlled online media posts (including its comments) demonstrate China’s strong and united attitude to refuse the decisions by the UN tribunal
  • In defending China’s sovereignity, national groups and the state media will launch more heated comments within China’s social media landscape in the coming days and weeks
  • Still, it remains to been seen how effectively the Chinese government and its media will build up domestic public support via social media
cyber sovereignty, cyber security, Think Asia Group

Balkanizing the Web: Cyber Sovereignty as a Challenge for MNCs and International Organizations

This week, Iran added another point to the ongoing campaign for cyber sovereignty led by countries like China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. The Supreme Council of Cyberspace, Iran’s institution in charge of regulating cyberspace, stated in a directive that “Foreign messaging companies active in the country are required to transfer all data and activity linked to Iranian citizens into the country in order to ensure their continued activity.” Much like China, Iran already blocks popular web platforms such as Facebook and Twitter even though many netizens use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to circumvent internet controls and access these sites through servers hosted abroad.

China Internet and Social Media (CISM) Data Monitor

Think Asia Group launches new research project: The China Internet and Social Media Data Monitor

The China Internet and Social Media Data Monitor aims to provide stakeholders from multinational businesses and governments with insights on social media and internet data trends in China.