Chinese Cyberspaces: Technological Changes and Political Effects

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Chinese Cyberspaces provides a multi-disciplinary study on the recent development and consequences of internet expansion in China taken from a social, political, cultural and economic perspective. The book provides critical analysis of the effects of Internet technology on China's information policy and overall political stability as well as the political implications. Original fieldwork from a leading group of international scholars carried out over the last two years suggests that 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's attempts to exert efficient control. This compelling over view of the current situation regarding Internet development in China and its potential future trends, will appeal to social science academics and decision makers in politics, business and international organizations.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : Chinese cyberspaces : technological changes and political effects 1
2 Government policy and political control over China's Internet 12
3 In the crossfire of demands : Chinese news portals between propaganda and the public 42
4 Comrade to comrade networks : the social and political implications of peer-to-peer networks in China 64
5 China's e-policy : examples of local e-government in Guangdong and Fujian 102
6 Industrialization supported by informatization : the economic effects of the Internet in China 132
7 Net business : China's potential for a global market change 148
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