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  1. Introduction
  2. Websites stir public opinion
  3. Democracy Cyberspace control
  4. Web sites bring about social and political activism
  5. Bureaucratic system for political/Ideological control
  6. Conclusion

China has an internet connection that is censored. Internet censoring is done by the use of the Great Firewall of China. This is considered as the greatest, most extensive and advanced internet censorship in the whole world. There are several reasons why China censors content. Mostly it is because it criticizes the Chinese Government, or it contradicts the policy of the Communist Party. China does not just block personal websites, there are techniques that it applies to scan the URLs and web page content for keywords that are blacklisted such as Tiananmen and block those traffics (Yang et al. 132).

Through China blocking the foreign networking sites like Twitter and forcing its citizens to make use of alternative sites like Sina Weibo, China is able to take control of the social-networking sites, getting the ability to censor post on those locations. China also employs individuals who are paid to post information that favors the Communist Party on the internet, in an attempt of swaying the opinion of the public. The great Firewall is not perfect as it is not able to hold back all information as required and censor everything, even though China is trying (Lee 119). Even though the Great Firewall is not, perfect China should continue to edit content and blocking foreign websites since apart from the political benefits there are also economic benefits.

[...] Even official websites such as the people's Daily favorite BBS, Strong Notion Forum have BBS (Harwit and Duncan 34). Together with chat rooms, e-mail listservs, instant message service, wireless short text messaging and upcoming web blogging community, the BBS offers opportunities that are unprecedented to the Chinese citizens to take part in public affairs (Jiang 128). Over 300,000 people in China have begun their weblogs, which cover topics from personal anecdotes to commentary on current issues. Journalists are also creating their own blogs which are blurring the division in traditional and internet media. [...]


[...] By October 2005, there was an implementation of the system of real names across most of China BBS resulting to a stir among the citizens and netizens. Conclusion Chinese government uses two key ways of controlling the internet. One is the Great Firewall, which is a system that limits the access to foreign websites that was launched in the 1990s and the other is the Golden Shield, which is a system of local surveillance that was set up by the Ministry. Different departments of the government together with the local and the provincial administrations also do possess their own systems for monitoring the internet. [...]


[...] "Mapping Input Technology to Ability." (2011). Print. Lee, Jyh-An. "Filtering Online Content in China." (2012). Print. Li, Xiaobing. Civil Liberties in China. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO Print. Zhang, Yin. Internet Control in China: A Digital Panopticon Print. [...]


[...] There is a difference between the internet content providers and the providers of web services. The latter are perceived to be less sensitive as compared to the former. Moreover, websites are now under strict management (Li 312). Apart from the firewalls that block out some foreign websites, there has been more rule of law on the websites. Whereas the control of the government was for a long time restricted on the tracking of personal cases of transgression, there are now strict laws being passed to regulate the dissemination of information through the internet. [...]


[...] There are several reasons why China censors content. Mostly it is because it criticizes the Chinese Government, or it contradicts the policy of the Communist Party. China does not just block personal websites, there are techniques that it applies to scan the URLs and web page content for keywords that are blacklisted such as Tiananmen and block those traffics (Yang et al. 132). Through China blocking the foreign networking sites like Twitter and forcing its citizens to make use of alternative sites like Sina Weibo, China is able to take control of the social-networking sites, getting the ability to censor post on those locations. [...]

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