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Behind the Great Firewall: The Internet and Democratization in China

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Executive Summary

The Internet has changed China profoundly. For the government, the Internet offers prospects to develop economics, education, and technology. For the public, the Internet provides unprecedented opportunities for the free flow of information and communication. Many believe that the Internet will ultimately bring democracy to China, one of the few Communist countries remaining in the world. Relying on multiple methods, including secondary analysis, survey, and in-depth interviews, this study is one of the first attempts to systematically understand how the Internet has been adopted in China, on both provincial and individual levels; and more importantly, how Internet use is associated with people's real world political lives.

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