FIREWALL Internet Cafe NYC


"NOT FOUND" exhibition in Hong Kong, Jan 12-23, 2019

with artist, Ying Ting; curated by Iago

at Center for Community Cultural Development – Green Wave Art
404 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Opening: Sat, Jan 12th, 2019 1-8pm
On view: 1-8p Tues-Sun until Jan 23rd
Ying Ting Performances: 3 & 7p on Sat, Jan 12th & Sun, the 13th  

Pop-up at 10th Anniversary Oslo Freedom Forum, 11am-5:30p, May 28, 2018

at Sentralen, Oslo, Norway Join us Monday at the Interactive Expo where we will run a “Best Search Session” Instagram contest! Come by for a search session, write your most interesting finding on a brick & add it to our FIREWALL in the expo. Tag #FIREWALLcafe on Instagram… Top votes on @firewallcafe Instagram poll wins free Thule luggage & gifts!

Pop-Up at Oslo Freedom Forum New York, 9am-5pm, Sept 19, 2017

at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC

A one-day “Search Session” at an Interactive Expo focusing on the intersection of human rights with technology, media and politics. Event held concurrent with the UN General Assembly in NYC.

Oslo Pop-up at Oslo Freedom Forum, May 20-24, 2017!

at Spikersuppa Square, Oslo, Norway

Learn firsthand about online censorship through FIREWALL at the Oslo Freedom Forum. This interactive pop-up internet cafe lets you experience how the Great Firewall operates in China versus Google in Norway. The exhibit will be open all day to the public in the park during the run of the conference. Stop by for coffee and a search session!

"Search for... Serendipity," opens Sat, Dec 3, 2016, 10am

at REDpoint, WeinerStr. 1300  St. Pölten, Austria

curated by Julia Hartmann and Magdalena Stöger


Sarah Abu Abdallah · Paolo Cirio · Constant Dullart · Brendan Howell · Julian Palacz · Suzanne Treister · Joyce Yu – Jean Lee · Dan Phiffer

Exhibition WEBSITE

Networked Feminism in China: Fri, Feb 19th, 2016, 7:30pm

at Orbital, 155 Rivington Street, NYC 10002.

Please join us for a FIREWALL exhibition viewing and reception from 5-7p at Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard Street, NYC 10002, followed by a roundtable discussion about China’s Young Feminist Activists, and the role of the Internet in this movement at 7:30p at Orbital.

Panel VIDEO Recording


  • moderator, Susan E. McGregor, Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism & Assistant Professor at Columbia Journalism School, where she teaches data journalism & information visualization, with research interests in digital security.
  • Lu Pin, Program manager of Media Monitor for Women Network and chief editor of Feminist Voices, a major leading feminist alternative media in China.
  • Mingming & Shitou, queer filmmaker and artist collaborators/activists from Beijing, China.
  • Xintong Liu, designer, social innovator, and feminist organizer.
  • Siodhbhra Parkin, translator/Fellow of the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.
  • Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, visual artist and adjunct professor, creator of FIREWALL Internet Cafe, NYC

ARTIST RECEPTION: Sun, Feb 21, 2016, 6–9pm

at Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard Street, NYC, 10002

Please join Franklin Furnace Fund, Asian Women Giving Circle, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for a reception of FIREWALL Internet Cafe, created by Joyce Yu-Jean Lee in collaboration with Dan Phiffer.

Apex for Youth After-School Field Trip: Thurs, Feb 25 & Mar 3, 2016, 4-6pm

at Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard Street, NYC, 10002

60 local middle schoolers from the Apex for Youth program at PS 184 in the Two Trees, Chinatown neighborhood visit FIREWALL cafe to experience the installation. Representatives from FIREWALL and uProxy led discussions about information freedom and Internet censorship.

Proxy Pals: Trial by FIREwall: Thurs, Feb 25, 2016, 8pm

Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard Street, NYC, 10002

uProxy is a free extension for Chrome and Firefox that allows people all over the world to share Internet connections to get past repressive censorship, and also powers part of the FIREWALL experience. Come to learn more about how this technology works directly from the uProxy team.

Creative Hacktivism Roundtable: Fri, Feb 26, 7:30pm

at Orbital, 155 Rivington Street, NYC 10002

Discussion about Internet censorship in China and international hacktivism in its many creative forms: constructing virtual networks; implementing collateral freedom; creating research, journalism, infographics, development, and design.

Panel VIDEO Recording


  • Jason Q. Ng, Research Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab; Lecturer, Columbia University SIPA; and a data analyst at Tumblr. He is the author of Blocked on Weibo and a research consultant at China Digital Times where he develops censorship monitoring.
  • Dan Phiffer, programmer and artist based in Brooklyn working on projects that use computer networks as a raw material. Dan collaborated to build the technology that runs FIREWALL Cafe. He is a Research Fellow at Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism and works at Mapzen.
  • Sisi Wei, an investigative journalist, designer and developer at ProPublica. Her work has ranged from investigating which U.S. colleges saddle students with debt to monitoring how often China blocks international news outlets.
  • Josh B. works closely with the founders of, the organization behind FreeBrowser, as well as on uProxy, a censorship circumvention tool which also powers part of the FIREWALL experience. Previously, he was a senior software engineer for Lantern.


Marymount Manhattan "Digital Media & Society" Class Field Trip, Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 8-9:30pm

at Chinatown Soup, 16B Orchard Street, NYC, 10002

16 college students from the “Digital Media & Society” communications course at Marymount Manhattan College visit FIREWALL. Students study “Technology, Content and Curation” as a theme for the field trip, discussing how the advent and development of the Internet has transformed the ways that people create, distribute and consume culture and information. The professor and a FIREWALL representative led discussion about collective intelligence, user-generated content, governmental and corporate content filtering.