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Great Firewall of China: Government Censorship and Control of China’s Internet


with Philip Williams

professor of Chinese & Japan Studies, Montana State University

How and why does the mainland Chinese government censor and control China’s internet with its “Great Firewall of China”? Many other authoritarian regimes worldwide also aggressively censor the internet and block thousands of foreign websites from being accessed domestically. However, China has developed the most sophisticated cyberspace policing system of this sort, and impacts a larger number of internet users than any other regime—about half a billion altogether. This slide presentation with a follow up question-and-answer session probes both traditional Chinese insecurities about foreign incursions and modern-day Leninist prohibitions against openly challenging the party line in cyberspace.