Networked authoritarianism in China and beyond: implications for global Internet freedom

Rebecca MacKinnon from Stanford University asks if we can assume that Chinese authoritarianism will crumble as easily and rapidly as the Iron Curtain crumbled two decades ago. This paper examines why it is unwise to make such an assumption about the Internet in China or in other repressive regimes, and discusses some of the difficult issues of government policy and corporate responsibility that must be tackled in order to ensure that the Internet and mobile technologies can fulfill their potential for liberation and empowerment. Read the full report here. (Text adapted from AustralianPolicyOnline). Photo: Flickr