The panopticon as the antithesis of a space of freedom: Control and Regulation of the Internet in China

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Abstract

This article discusses the degree to which the Chinese government can control the internet and, more than that, to what degree the internet can be used as a means for control. Using a framework suggested by Lessig, an analysis will be provided of how the Chinese government establishes internet control from legal, economic, social, and technical perspec- tives. 1 The concept of the Panopticon prison, invented by Jeremy Bentham and mediated by Michel Foucault, will be used as a metaphor to show that the Chinese government has all the tools at its disposal to further enforce control over the internet.

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  • China
  • Foucault
  • Lessig
  • Panopticon
  • censorship
  • internet regulation
  • new media
  • political control
  • surveillance

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  • Lokman Tsui

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