Department of Journalism
Tracing the route of China’s Internet censorship: An empirical study
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.
Censorship, China, Control, Internet
Source Publication Title
Telematics and Informatics
Link to Publisher's Edition
Feng, G., & Guo, S. (2013). Tracing the route of China’s Internet censorship: An empirical study. Telematics and Informatics, 30 (4), 335-345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2012.09.002