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Chinese Cyberspaces
Technological Changes and Political Effects

ISBN 9780415546935
Published May 26, 2009 by Routledge
204 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The internet is developing more extensively in China than any other country in the world. Chinese Cyberspaces provides multidisciplinary perspectives on recent developments and the consequences of internet expansion in China. Including first-hand research and case studies, the contributors examine the social, political, cultural and economic impact of the internet in China.

The book investigates the political implications of China's internet development as well as the effect on China‚Äôs information policy and overall political stability. The contributors show how although the digital divide has developed along typical lines of gender, urban versus rural, and income, it has also been greatly influenced by the Communist Party‚Äôs attempts to exert efficient control. This topical and interesting text gives a compelling overview of the current situation regarding the Chinese internet development in China, while clearly signalling potential future trends.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Government Policy and Political Control over China‚Äôs Internet  3. In the Crossfire of Demands: Chinese News Portals between Propaganda and the Public  4. Comrade to Comrade Networks: The Social and Political Implications of Peer-to-Peer Networks in China  5. China‚Äôs E-Policy: Examples of Local E-Government in Guangdong and Fujian  6. Industrialization Supported by Informatization: The Economic Effects of the Internet in China  7. Net Business: China's Potential for a Global Market Change

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Jens Damm is Research Associate at the Seminar of East Asian Studies, at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Simona Thomas was Research Associate at the Centre for Chinese and East Asian Politics at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and works as a Scientific Author in Berlin.


'This book makes a singular contribution to the rapidly growing field of research on Chinese cyberspace. It is a timely publication that gives insights into the specifics of Internet development in China.' - Tina Liu, The China Journal, No 58, July 2007

'The book in general offers examples of strong research methodology. Statistical data, surveys and samples are employed, and primary interview data is liberally featured in fields such as the media. The interview material is particularly valuable, ....overall the book will interest students and teachers of contemporary Chinese politics, culture, economics and media.' - IIAS Newsletter #48, Summer 2008