Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Title

Tracing the route of China’s Internet censorship: An empirical study

Language

English

Abstract

Faced with the world's largest Internet population, the Chinese government is torn between its massive drive for marketization and the need to curb cyber dissent. This paper investigates how the Chinese state censors the Internet by tracing the trajectory of mechanisms to block websites non grata. Results show that Chinese government's Internet control methods are diverse with systematic collaborations from local authorities at various administrative levels. We also found evidence that the government has customized blocking strategies for what it considers to be important websites. The efficacy and implications of China's Internet censorship system were also discussed. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keywords

Censorship, China, Control, Internet

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

Telematics and Informatics

Volume

30

Issue

4

Start Page

335

End Page

345

Publisher

Elsevier

DOI

10.1016/j.tele.2012.09.002

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2012.09.002

ISSN (print)

07365853

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