Graphika's white paper, "BEYOND THE WALL: MAPPING TWITTER IN CHINA", co-authored by Graphika CEO, John Kelly has been downloaded over 1400 times since its publishing in November of 2015 according the Social Science Research Network ("SSRN"). "Beyond the Wall", authored in conjunction with Robert Faris of Harvard's Berkman Klein Center of Internet & Society and Sonya Yan Song of Michigan State University's Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: PSN: Asia & South East Asia (Topic) and Political Economy - Development: Comparative Regional Economies eJournal.
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"BEYOND THE WALL: MAPPING TWITTER IN CHINA" explains that though Twitter is blocked by the Chinese government, tech-savvy Chinese citizens find ways to "circumvent content restrictions" allowing them to backchannel information outside of government control. In a study that is one of the first of its kind,
"[the paper] offers a rare look at the activity of Chinese Internet users on a platform that is largely unregulated by the state and only reachable through the use of tools that circumvent state-mandated Internet filters. For Internet users that reside in mainland China, Twitter offers access to news from around the world and a wealth of ideas and perspectives that might otherwise be unavailable there, as well as a platform for building online communities that is not under direct control of the government. This study of Chinese Twitter — to our knowledge the first such study — offers a unique window into the online activities and global connections of Chinese Internet users who actively circumvent content restrictions."