Michael Anti: Weibo and the Chinese Internet

Michael Anti (Zhao Jing), a key figure in China’s new journalism and the Chinese Internet talks about China’s Internet policy, namely “Clone and Block”, and the importance of Weibo, which gradually, becomes the channel for ordinary people to express views or even rant / petition.

Michael Anti

Michael Anti (Zhao Jing), a key figure in China’s new journalism, explores the growing power of the Chinese internet.

Michael has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet — “All the servers are in Beijing” — he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country’s history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways.

Michael  is a veteran journalist and popular political columnist for various of Chinese and English media outlets. He won M100 Sanssouci Media Award in 2011. He was a Chinese war reporter in Baghdad in March 2003 and then worked with Beijing Bureau of the New York Times for 4 years.

Michael also received Wolfson Press Fellowship at Cambridge University (2007), Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University (2008), and was a visiting scholar at University of Tokyo.

As a public advocate for Internet freedom and online public diplomacy, he is one of the most influence bloggers/microbloggers in China. He taught International Reporting at Journalism School of Shantou University 2008-2009. He served as International Jury Member for Blog Competition of Deutsch Welle in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010.  He was also a TEDGlobal speaker in 2012.

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