Flatter world and thicker walls? Blogs, censorship and civic discourse in China
- 5.3k Downloads
The Internet simply because it exists in China will not bring democracy to China. It is a tool, not a cause of political change. So far, the Chinese government has succeeded through censorship and regulation in blocking activists from using the Internet as an effective political tool. Likewise, blogs may be a catalyst for long-term political change because they are helping to enlarge the space for collaboration and conversation on subjects not directly related to political activism or regime change. However their role in China is more likely to involve political evolution—not revolution.
KeywordsChina Internet Democracy Blogs
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Anderlini, J. (2005). Blog founder seeks success writ large. South China Morning Post, July 12, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.gobivc.com/attachments/news/89_en.pdf.
- Anderson, K. (2005). Breaking down the great firewall. BBC News Online, April 30, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4496163.stm.
- Barnathan, J. (2005). Public anger may Singe Beijing. Business Week, April 20, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/apr2005/nf20050420_1329_db087.htm?campaign_id=rss_daily.
- Drezner, D. (2005). Weighing the scales: The Internet’s effect on state-society relations. Paper presented March 2005 at conference: “Global Flow of Information,” Yale Information Society Project, Yale Law School. Online at: http://islandia.law.yale.edu/isp/GlobalFlow/paper/Drezner.pdf.
- French, H. (2005). China tightens restrictions on bloggers and web owners. The New York Times, June 8, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.howardwfrench.com/archives/2005/06/08/china_tightens_restrictions_on_bloggers_and_web_owners/.
- Guo, L., & Bu, W. (2001). Survey report of Internet use and its influence: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Changsha 2000. Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Google Scholar
- Guo, L. et al. (2005). Surveying Internet usage and impact in five Chinese cities. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Funded by the Markle Foundation). Google Scholar
- Hu, J. (2002). Yahoo! Yields to Chinese Web Laws. ZDNet. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,39020369,2120830,00.htm.
- Hurst, M. (2006). 24 Hours in the blogosphere. Accepted for publication by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Google Scholar
- Kristof, N. (2005). Death by a thousand blogs. The New York Times, May 24, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/24/opinion/24kristoff.html.
- Krumholtz, J. (2006). Testimony of Jack Krumholtz Associate General Counsel and Managing Director, Federal Government Affairs Microsoft Corporation, House of Representatives Committee on International Relations Joint Hearing of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights & International Operations and the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific: “The Internet in China: A tool for freedom or suppression?” February 15, 2006. Google Scholar
- Lieberthal, K. (1996). Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform. New York: Norton. Google Scholar
- MacKinnon, R. (2005a). China’s Internet: Let a thousand filters bloom. Yale Global, June 28, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/display.article?id=5928.
- MacKinnon, R. (2005b). The China situation: Q&A with Isaac Mao. Global Voices. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/globalvoices/?p=75.
- MacKinnon, R. (2005c). Skypecast: Isaac Mao on China’s crackdown. Global Voices. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/2005/06/10/skypecast-isaac-mao-on-chinas-blog-registration-situation/.
- OpenNet Initiative (2005). Internet filtering in China in 2004–2005: A country study. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.opennetinitiative.net/studies/china/.
- OpenNet Initiative (2006). Analysis of China’s non-commercial Web site registration regulation, OpenNet Initiative: Bulletin 011, February 22, 2006. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://opennet.net/bulletins/011/.
- Pan, P. (2005). Chinese evade censors to discuss police assault. Washington Post, December 17, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/16/AR2005121601709_pf.html.
- Pan, P. (2006a). A letter’s journey in cyberspace. Washington Post, February 19, 2006. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/18/AR2006021801389.html.
- Pan, P. (2006b). Bloggers who pursue change confront fear and mistrust. Washington Post, February 21, 2006. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/20/AR2006022001304.html.
- Pan, P. (2006c). Keywords used to filter Web content. The Washington Post, February 18, 2006. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/18/AR2006021800554.html.
- Penenberg, A. (2005). Confessions of a dissident. Wired Magazine, November 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.11/posts.html?pg=4.
- People’s Daily Online. (2005). MSN spaces rated the leading blog service provider in China. People’s Daily Online, December 20, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://english.people.com.cn/200512/20/eng20051220_229546.html.
- Radio Free Asia (2005). Wangyi wangluo zaici beifeng. Radio Free Asia Chinese ed., December 22, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2005/12/22/wangyi/.
- Schafer, S. (2006). Blogger nation. Newsweek International, February 27, 2006. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11437105/site/newsweek/.
- Sifry, D. (2005). State of the blogosphere, October 2005 Part 1: On blogosphere growth. Retrieved May 28 2007 from http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000343.html.
- Sifry, D. (2006). State of the blogosphere, February 2006 Part 1: On blogosphere growth. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000419.html.
- Soong, R. (2005a). The great Chinese BBS crackdown. EastSouthWestNorth. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20050322_2.htm.
- Soong, R. (2005b). Chinese bloggers, podcasters and webcasters. EastSouthWestNorth. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20050918_1.htm.
- Tang, W. (2005). Public opinion and political change in China. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. Google Scholar
- Wang, J. (2005). My blog is almost legal in China. Wangjianshuo’s blog. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://home.wangjianshuo.com/archives/20050618_my_site_is_almost_egal_in_china.htm.
- Wu, G. (2005) The popularization of the Internet in China and the bankruptcy of the prediction in the New York Times. People’s Daily. Retrieved May, 10, 2007 from http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20051130_1.htm. Translation by Roland Soong, EastSouthWestNorth, November 30, 2005.
- Xiao, Q. (2004a). The ‘blog’ revolution sweeps across China. New Scientist, November 24, 2004. Retrieved May 27 2007 from http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6707.
- Xiao, Q. (2004b). The words you never see in Chinese cyberspace. China Digital Times, August 30, 2004. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2004/08/the_words_you_n.php.
- Zhao, J. (2006). Zhongguo wangmiin de ziyou bushi meiguoren de yahuan—dui meiguo guohui yin jiang tijiao de xinxi faan de shengming. Anti guanyu xinwen he zhengzhi de meiri sikao. English translation by Roland Soong (February 17, 2006). The freedom of Chinese netizens is not up to the Americans. EastSouthWestNorth. Retrieved May 10, 2007 from http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20060217_1.htm.
- Zuckerman, E. (2005). How to blog anonymously. Retrieved May 28, 2007 from http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=15012&PHPSESSID=b6b536bbac1dbfb5bfbe8ec68926cd69.