11/5/13: Author talk at Google ■ 8/20/13: Interview on Brian Lehrer Show + introduction to book ■ 6/24/13: Article in Tea Leaf Nation/TheAtlantic.com about how the removal of keyword blocks is not a victory against censorship ■ 6/19/12: Listed in 2012 Danwei Model Worker Award round-up ■ 4/4/12: Asia Pacific Forum radio show with Rebecca MacKinnon and interview in The Next Web ■ 3/12/12: Article explaining my project in more detail: How China Gets the Internet to Censor Itself ■ See personal webpage for more media and writing ■ Words posted may no longer be blocked (they were blocked at the time of their posting or as noted in post). If you find any errors, contact me and I'd be happy to correct.
伊斯兰 (Islam / Yīsīlán) is the monotheistic religion articulated by the Qur’an. Adherents live in every region in China. The highest concentrations are found in the northwest provinces of Xinjiang, Gansu, and Ningxia.
Why it is blocked: Though the state government is by all accounts atheist, the Chinese constituition supports “freedom of religious belief” and officially sanctions five religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestantism. Of these, Islam is the only one that is blocked on Weibo, likely due to tension in regions like Xinjiang, where Uyghur Muslims represent roughly half the population.