China, the Internet and Democracy

Xiao Qiang: The Development and the State Control of the Chinese Internet :: China Digital Times (CDT) 中国数字时代

Building a new Chinese Wall in cyberspace is proving to be a rather mammoth undertaking.

Nevertheless, this is what the authorities in China are trying to do. Very large resources evidently goes into this effort, but ultimately it seems bound for failure.

Xiao Qiang is Director of the China Internet Project at the University of California in Berkeley, and recently detailed his views on the ongoing Chinese efforts.

It’s interesting in its details – but even more in its conclusions.

Eventually, says Xiao Qiang, the attempt will fail, and the spreading of information through the Internet will help to facilitate the transition of China to a more open and democratic society.

That’s when the real peaceful rise of China will start!

We have seen what 20 million people of Taiwan can achieve in a free and democratic Chinese society.

In the rest of China, there are app 65 times as many people.

Think of 65 Taiwans in the global economy, and today’s trade disputes over T-shirts will look like peanuts.

4 Responses to China, the Internet and Democracy

  1. Fredrik skriver:

    Think of 65 Taiwans in the global economy, and todays trade disputes over T-shirts will look like peanuts. :) Couldn’t agree more.

  2. Magnus skriver:

    When I was in china in feb, they recently closed down several internet cafés. Not a big surprise thou what surprised me was the so called educated class defending it and from what I could tell defending it. (Internet are bad for the youth, staying up all night and gambling)

    My guess would be that china will need time to get the older generation out of the way before things really start happening. But I remain positive and think changes are on the way…

  3. Dico skriver:

    Well information wants to be free so I guess that there is no real point of China acting ike this. It is amatter of time rather than anything else.

  4. AndersJ skriver:

    A bizarre undertaking. This kind of social engineering efforts are reminiscent of the cultural evolution and a stark contrast to the efficient, liberalizing moves that the government has taken in recent years, making Germany and Sweden look downright sclerotic.

    Two of the latest bulwarks against unfettered capitalism are falling: the inefficient banking system and the intimidating rate of state ownership in companies listed on the Chinese stock markets. Soon there will not be much left of this kind of apparatchik whims. Enjoy them while they last.

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