How to Censor a Billion People, with Gary King

Gary King, Weatherhead University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, talks to the “Harvard on China” podcast about his latest research into online censorship in China.

Professor King is the co-author of a 2017 article, “How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, Not Engaged Argument.” This paper builds on his previous research about how censorship in China allows government criticism but silences collective expression (2013), as well as the reverse engineering of Harvard’s own Chinese social media site to better study censorship.

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