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Articles by Shan Wang

Shan Wang is a staff writer at the Lab. She previously worked in editorial at Harvard University Press, and has reported for and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. One of the first news stories she ever wrote was about Muggle Quidditch for The Harvard Crimson. She was born in Shanghai, grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and is a Ray Allen devotee.
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“We want to find people who recognize the potential of the audience, and are looking to capitalize on this potential and pull together a learning group to try some things and see what emerges.”
“If we can cultivate this community of conscientious, civically engaged people, we know they’re also looking for ways to take action.”
They’re just a few of countless names, codewords, memes, and phrases that have been blocked. Weiboscope, a project out of the University of Hong Kong, since 2011 has tracked deleted posts on Weibo, collecting a substantial dataset of the types of terms and content that triggers censors.
“It was a huge revelation: If these kinds of stories, read by just a few thousand back then, could drive this kind of response, then imagine what we could achieve if we got to hundreds of thousands, then millions, of readers.”
“We’re making the kinds of judgments that we think will be noncontroversial, but still are the kind of judgments that platforms, rightly, don’t want to be making themselves.”
The English edition of the three-year-old Russian news site now gets an average of 100,000 monthly unique visitors and can count among its readers everyone from European policymakers to members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.