The Communist App Store: China’s endless apps for tracking, organizing, and motivating party members

China’s Communist Party is getting into app development big time, with dozens of apps to educate and promote social networking among party members hitting the country’s Apple and Android app stores.

The party has long put special focus on “party construction,” a key plank of which involves inspiring fervor in its young members. During Mao Zedong’s era, the party used self-criticism (paywall), where members confessed transgressions, and uprooted and sent millions of young people to...

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