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WeChatscope

Wechatscope aims to develop a systematic, scalable and robust system to collect, analyze, and visualize a representative set of censored messages of Wechat’s public accounts in China.

The data are publicly accessible via API, website and the social media. It strives to make the set of “forbidden” messages in China open access and the public’s censored voice can be heard by the people outside and inside China, helping them understand China’s public sphere by using data analytics and visualization. It also aims at engaging with strategic partners to maximize the project’s impact.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2017 $121,800 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $121,800

Addressed problems

  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)

Objective(s)

  • Research
  • Technology development

Beneficiaries

  • General public
  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Academia
  • Government

Region(s)

  • East Asia

Countries

  • China

Technology attributes

  • Application deployment

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