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iGFW provides some of the most detailed and complete information on how to break through Internet censorship in China, as well as how normal users can effectively “share” this information. The site is a real headache for the censors.



Han Han is an icon among the post-80s and post-90s generations in China. He represents independent, open and anti-institutional thinking. His personal success is a disputed topic in the public, but at the same time it gives the younger generation a lot of confidence.



Hexie farm is a very active grassroots caricaturist whose influence is quickly increasing.  His works on Chinese political and human rights issues are very original.



Fang is a young and sharp journalist. Many of his readers are professionals who are relevant to the media. He uses social media to publish information that is complementary to traditional media. When mainstream media are not in a position to publish the whole story, his blog provides more insights into what’s going on.



Solidot provides interesting news on science and technology. Much of what’s covered in the blog is intentionally ignored by mainstream media in China. The blog also compares China with other countries as a way of demonstrating absurdity in China.



Li expresses his pursuit for democracy and freedom bravely on his blog and criticizes social and political problems in China very sharply. He took part in the local parliamentary election last year and was able to have great influence. Had it not been interrupted by the government, he would probably have won the election.



William Long focuses on Internet technologies, especially those relevant to censorship. The blog provides readers with tested new methods to overcome the Great Fire Wall and protect their privacy.



Ran persistently publishes his analysis on social problems in China and keeps promoting the idea of democracy and freedom. Unfortunately, he was taken into custody by police in the background of the Jasmine Revolution in China. He was forced to stop writing for some time, but now he is slowly picking up his pen again.



Ruan is quite influential among liberals in the IT field in China. He writes about comparisons between China and other countries, as well as newest IT trends and innovation in Silicon Valley. He is also the translator of Hackers & Painters.



Jan Dan translates and introduces all kinds of interesting news from English media to Chinese Internet users.



Feng’s experience is like in the film “Terminal.” In 2010, he was at an airport in Japan as he was told he was not allowed to return to China. He fought hard and finally had success. He works a lot with petitioners and rights activists. He summarizes their cases and regularly sends them to the government asking for solutions.  During the parliamentary conference this year, he was again put under house arrest.