Fergus Ryan is an Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. He holds an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Technology Sydney and a B.A. in Chinese and Philosophy from the University of Sydney. He was a China correspondent for the News Corp. publication China Spectator as well as for China Film Insider. Ryan has worked in media, communications, and marketing roles in China and Australia as well as in business development for the Chinese actress Li Bingbing. His research interests include Chinese social media, censorship, the Great Firewall, cyber sovereignty, and Chinese tech companies.

Last Updated: September 24, 2020



Tightening Up

Xibai Xu, Jude Blanchette & more
In what many observers have termed a “regulatory crackdown,” a wave of new legal restrictions and bans on business, technology, and entertainment has broken across China over the past several months, with what appears to be escalating velocity and...



Technical Difficulties

Samantha Hoffman, Fergus Ryan & more
Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration announced September 18 that it was banning both TikTok and WeChat from mobile app stores starting Sunday, with further usage bans to come. While that date came and went without any impact...