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China Digital Times

China Digital Times(CDT) is a California-based independent website providing uncensored information about China in English and Chinese. Founded as a blog in 2003, and transformed in 2010 into a site that specializes in reporting what the authorities are blocked or censoring in the Chinese cyberspace, CDT is supported by the Counter-Power Lab at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. It claims to have between 250,000 and 500,000 visitors a month.

CDT’s founder and editor is a Xiao Qiang, a 58-year-old information scientist who has been a full-time human rights defender ever since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. He was executive director of Human Rights in China, a New York-based NGO, from 1991 to 2002 and has also been vice-chairman of the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy.

CDT provides an original, high-quality news service on China by combining several methods. It aggregates English-language news, filtering it and putting it in a social and political context. It translates reports and analyses that were originally published in Chinese. It analyses Chinese propaganda department directives, official rhetoric and the key-words that are being filtered out by state censorship (the “Great Firewall”). And it analyses and translates the code words, metaphors and satirical expressions employed by China’s Internet users in order to circumvent censorship and surveillance.

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Updated on 12.03.2019