DoNews reports the announcement of the first results from the self-censoring clean-up campaign undertaken by 14 Chinese major portals. The movement is referred to by the phrase above, zicha zijiu, lit. self-investigate, self-rectify. The 14 Beijing-based portals include Sina.com, Sohu.com, Netease, Tom.com, Qianlong.com, and Yahoo’s China portal. On April 17, 11 of these released…
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Min Jiang, at the Department of Communication, Purdue University, has written an information-packed dissertation on the potential and limits of e-government efforts on 30 different provincial Chinese government websites.
The study analyzes four major modes of e-consultation on Chinese
e-governments: Q&A with government, e-petition (or online
Xinfang), online opinion polls, and citizen input boxes. Min Jiang writes:
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The Epoch Times, the controversial and strongly anti-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) paper linked with Falun Gong, claims to have registered over 8 million public withdrawals from the CCP, the Communist Youth League, and the Communist Young Pioneers via its “Quitting the CCP” website. The number is unverifiable and the withdrawals are not considered official in China.
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Tom Foremski‘s intriguing scenario: boycott users who find themselves within heavily censored systems.
The Chinese government’s attempts to censor internet access makes it vulnerable to a reverse censorship–web sites could cut themselves off from Chinese internet users as a form of protest.
It could happen as a form of economic sanction at the…
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