Last week, I briefly introduced some examples of Internet governance and online activism in China in the class "Comparative Digital Politics" at the University of Michigan. I created a virtual conversation between Chinese government and netizens as the conclusion.
Netizens: With the Internet, we can get access to all kinds of information.
Government: Except those I blocked. (see GFW)
Netizens: With the help of anti-GFW tools, we can climb over the wall.
Government:In fact only a small number of netizens would use these tools. Most of you are not interested in exploring the world beyond the Great Fire Wall.
Netizens: Even inside the Wall, there is still far more information than before. You can’t censor them all.
Government: I don’t need to censor them all. I focus on those may lead to collective actions. (see Gary King's study)
Netizens: They are already some [...] Read more