Pundits outside China sometimes assume both the inevitability of the Internet's growth and the inexorability of the political opening—alternative sources of information, communications channels beyond government control—that may follow. But Internet growth is anything but inevitable, and in China, the government's efforts have both nurtured and structured the country's Internet.
Cyberspace with Chinese Characteristics
Kathleen Hartford is a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a research affiliate at both the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Program on Information Resource Policy at Harvard University. Source notes for this article are available at www.pollycyber.com/pubs/ch/.
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Kathleen Hartford; Cyberspace with Chinese Characteristics. Current History 1 September 2000; 99 (638): 255–262. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2000.99.638.255
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