Read the full report “Beautiful Bauhinia: “HKLeaks” – The Use of Covert and Overt Online Harassment Tactics to Repress 2019 Hong Kong Protests.” What is this report about, and what did it find? The report is an in-depth analysis of the doxxing campaign known as “HKLEAKS”, which began in August 2019 and for at least… Read more »
In August 2019 a wave of websites and social media channels, called “HKLEAKS,” began “doxxing” the identities and personal information of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. While the creators of these sites and channels claimed that HKLEAKS was the product of local volunteer communities, several indicators suggest a coordinated information operation conducted by professional actors in alignment with Chinese state interests.
WeChat and Sina Weibo adapted and evolved their censorship efforts in response to the death of Liu Xiaobo.