When the Decentralized and Democratized Internet Meets China
Michael Anti, New York Times Beijing Bureau and Nieman Fellow
What is the result when decentralized and democratized Internet meets the central and undemocratic government with almost free and huge market? The Chinese blogosphere in the web 2.0 wave has different stories to tell. Internet has given Chinese people more freedom and chances, however, it has also given the ruling party more confidence to avoid the democracy. Michael Anti will explain what the motives of blogging are in China.
Michael Anti (Zhao Jing), a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He is a journalism researcher with the Beijing Bureau of New York Times. He runs several political columns on Chinese top newspapers and magazines. He was a war reporter for a Chinese newspaper in Baghdad in March 2003. His well-known Chinese political blog was shutdown by Microsoft in December 2005. In the wake of this case, he turned to run a collaborative online weekly magazine on International politics. He is an international jury member of Deutsche Welle’s Best of Blogs competition in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
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