An internet cafe in Beijing. Data shows that nearly 29 per cent of China’s 650 million internet users used a Virtual Private Network to get online during the last three months of 2015. Photograph: Sim Chi Yin/The New York Times

He is the architect and perennial defender of the system of internet controls known as the Great Firewall of China, on which searches for controversi(...)

Lu Wei: China’s minister of cyberspace affairs administration: Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Wang Zhihong (31), who works for an American medical equipment company in Beijing, finds the best way to keep up to speed about his company’s products(...)

A woman looks at a Weibo advertisement  in Beijing. Over 3,300 accounts on the China-based social networking site have been shut down as part of a campaign called “Cleaning the Web 2014”.

Online companies in China are hiring young people of solid character to act as pornography watchdogs, weeding out morally suspect images of young wom(...)

People cheer as  Weibo begins trading on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker symbol WB  in New York city yesterday. Photograph: Getty

Weibo, the Chinese microblogging service owned by Sina, surged in its first day of trading after pricing its initial public offering at the low(...)

A man visits Sina’s Weibo microblogging site. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Files/Reuters

China’s Weibo will be valued at a lower-than-expected $3.46 billion when it goes public on the Nasdaq today, amidst concerns about the microblo(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon  in New York City. The Dow fell more than 160 points by the end of trading as technology stocks slipped. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Stock market investors have just taken a $275bn bite out of the world’s largest publicly traded internet companies. The 14 companies, wor(...)

Icons of messaging applications WhatsApp of Facebook (L), Laiwang of Alibaba Group (C) and WeChat, or Weixin, of Tencent Group

China’s broader economy may be slowing but some parts of its technology sector are on fire. For many years, the country’s tech stocks have play(...)

Fang Binxing has stepped down as  president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Last week saw the retirement of Fang Binxing, the father of the “Great Firewall of China”, as president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommuni(...)

Hugo Barra, who has left Google to join Xiaomi, the smartphone maker that outsells Apple in China

Xiaomi, the smartphone maker that outsells Apple in China, said it hired a Google vice president as part of a push to find growth opportunities outsid(...)

Last week a well-known writer called Hao Qun, whose pen name is Murong Xuecun, had his Weibo accounts with the providers Sina, Tencent, Net-Ease, and Sohu deleted simultaneously. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In its latest effort to muzzle dissent and steer public opinion, the Chinese government has started to shut or freeze microblogs written by pro(...)