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China’s Cyberwar Against Hong Kong

There’s no “great firewall” in Hong Kong, so Beijing officials are resorting to fake news campaigns and cyberattacks to foil protesters.


Episode Notes

In this episode Aaron Mak learns about all the ways China is using cyberwarfare to disrupt the efforts of protesters in Hong Kong. His guest is Nick Frisch, a fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project and a scholar of media and technology in the Chinese-speaking world. Frisch was recently in Hong Kong as a fellow at the Journalism and Media Studies Center at Hong Kong University.

After the interview, Shannon Palus joins the show for this week’s edition of Don’t Close My Tabs.

Stories discussed on the show: 

8chan Is a Normal Part of Mass Shootings Now,” Slate

Fueling the Hong Kong Protests: A World of Pop-Culture Memes,” New York Times

Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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If Then is a show about technology, society, and power. Each week, the hosts take you on a lively tour of the tech news that actually matters, from fake news in your Facebook feed to the algorithms that want your job to the Uber drivers who want a job with benefits. With news-making interviews of key tech-industry figures, fascinating academics, and top tech journalists, we explore not only how the technology that’s shaping our world works, but the ideas, ideologies, incentives, and biases that underlie it.

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