The Politics of the Governing the Information and Communications Technologies in East Asian Authoritarian States: Case Study of China

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Abstract

China has vigorously implemented ICTs to foster ongoing informatization accompanying industrialization as a crucial pillar to drive its future economic development. The institutional and legal reforms involved were initiated and put into practice in order to meet the increasing demand for technological convergence and the negotiations for the expected entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Chinese government has nevertheless long been torn by the ambivalence brought about by the Internet. It regards the Internet as an engine to drive economic growth on the one hand, and as a subversive challenge to undermine the ruling Communist Party on the other hand. As soon as ICTs were introduced and Web sites mushroomed, the Party was so determined to harness the new medium to assure the Internet's economic and scientific benefits. As a consequence, controls other than stifling ICTs would be critical for the CCP's agenda to achieve the century-long modernization process and in the meantime, consolidate its power.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Constitution
Subtitle of host publicationSocial, Cultural, and Political Implications
EditorsFrancesco Amoretti
Place of PublicationHershey and London
PublisherInformation Science Reference
Pages134-152
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781605662541
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Political Science and International Relations

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Hung, C. F. (2009). The Politics of the Governing the Information and Communications Technologies in East Asian Authoritarian States: Case Study of China. In F. Amoretti (Ed.), Electronic Constitution: Social, Cultural, and Political Implications (pp. 134-152). Information Science Reference. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60566-254-1.ch009