Porträt von der chinesischen Cyber-Dissidentin Stainless Steel Mouse (alias Liu Di) in der New York Times: What she does not look like is a threat to anything, certainly not China's government. Yet the government has already imprisoned her for a year. In recent months, during significant dates on the political calendar, officials have posted security officers outside the Beijing apartment she shares with her grandmother. "They think I'm a dangerous figure," said Ms. Liu, 23, giggling slightly at the thought as she picked at a Thai rice dish. It is Ms. Liu's other identity that has made her a target of the Communist Party. Known on the Internet as Stainless Steel Mouse, she is a dissident whose incarceration over her writings attracted international attention from human rights groups that demanded, and eventually helped win, her release. Even now, roughly eight months after she was freed, Ms. Liu must live a watchful life. Upon her release, she resumed her studies at Beijing Normal University, yet for months administrators left it unclear whether she would be allowed to graduate. She monitored courses until she was finally awarded her diploma in late June with a degree in psychology. She did not attend the ceremony. She still does not have a full-time job, nor is she certain when, if ever, she will cease to draw the government's attention. It has been a disorienting, dizzying ride for a quiet woman who rarely grants interviews and who says she has always felt like something of a misfit. It was, in fact, in cyberspace where she first felt accepted. "To me, the Internet is a huge virtual space," she said. "It is so different from real life. You can be more free."


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