Kinas Kommunistparti vil have mere kontrol over det globale internet. For etpartistaten kan ikke lÃ¦ngere nÃ¸jes med at have den elektroniske mur omkring Kina. Der slipper ting igennem censuren, som partiet ikke vil have ud til kineserne. David Bandurski uddyber i denne gode analyse pÃ¥ China Media Project:
Gone are the days when Chinaâ€™s so-called Great Firewall â€“ its hardware for filtering internet traffic â€” was the physical manifestation of a chronic insularity. Back then, the world of ideas was bisected into the â€œinternal,â€ or dui nei (å¯¹å…§), and the â€œexternal,â€ or dui wai (å¯¹å¤–). The purpose of the Great Firewall was to hold back the tide of foreign influence.
This insular outlook was reflected in the institutionalisation of controls. The dui nei concerns, how to control the Chinese public by â€œguiding public opinionâ€ (to call it simply â€œcensorshipâ€ belittles the ambitions of Chinese authorities), were the province of the Central Propaganda Department.
But from the early days of internet control, when the web was an indistinct force and the lightning was on the horizon, the management of the internet was placed under the Information Office of the State Council, the government agency dealing expressly with foreign, or dui wai matters â€” the same office that publishes the English-language China Daily, the newspaper meant for foreign readers of China.
The internet was a foreign thing. And like all foreign things, it was something to emulate and fear.
The internet is no longer lightning on the horizon. A new generation of social media promise global information sharing in multiple formats in real time. A report in the New York Times about the family fortune of a senior Chinese Communist Party official is no longer a dui wai matter â€” it can (and will) be shared almost instantly on Chinese social networks. Internet control is not just the new heart of censorship and propaganda, it is a life-and-death matter for the Party.
The walls have come down. The time for half-measures is over. The only choice Chinaâ€™s ruling Party now has is to march forth and make its insularity global.