Online Monitoring of ‘Localists’ in Hong Kong: A Return to Political Policing?

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Stuart Hargreaves

Abstract

Hong Kong's new 'localist' movement - advocating for total autonomy or even secession - has provoked a crackdown from both the local government and the central authorities in Beijing.  This paper argues that the incoming administration of Carrie Lam is likely to continue to pursuse online surveillance of localist political groups as one part of this crackdown, but that ultimately this may prove to be counterproductive if the goal is reduce support for the movement.

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Stuart Hargreaves, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Assistant Professor

Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Studies)

LL.B Programme Director

Faculty of Law

Chinese University of Hong Kong