Published in: Foreign Affairs, v. 80 no. 2, Mar./Apr. 2001, p. 118-133
Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2000
The Chinese Communist Party is simultaneously fostering the growth of the Internet and weaving a web of regulations to limit network content and use. But regulations cannot entirely block Internet communication, and the state's previously solid control over information is shifting to the citizens. If a future economic or political crisis spurs a challenge to party rule, this shift in information control may decide the outcome.