Tracing the route of China's Internet censorship: An empirical study

Guangchao Charles Feng*, Steve Z S Guo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Faced with the world's largest Internet population, the Chinese government is torn between its massive drive for marketization and the need to curb cyber dissent. This paper investigates how the Chinese state censors the Internet by tracing the trajectory of mechanisms to block websites non grata. Results show that Chinese government's Internet control methods are diverse with systematic collaborations from local authorities at various administrative levels. We also found evidence that the government has customized blocking strategies for what it considers to be important websites. The efficacy and implications of China's Internet censorship system were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-345
Number of pages11
JournalTelematics and Informatics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

  • Censorship
  • China
  • Control
  • Internet


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