Beyond China’s ‘Great Firewall’


Now over a decade old, the “Great Firewall of China” has been dubbed the world’s largest system of censorship. China, however, is no longer content to limit its reach to a domestic audience. Without much fanfare, the Chinese government has turned its focus outward, seeking to take its influence over the information environment global.

In an upcoming CIMA report, Shanthi Kalathil delves into China’s unprecedented attempts to harness the global information ecosystem, primarily through three avenues: shaping international news media, guiding the evolution of the global Internet, and influencing global culture through Hollywood. What emerges is an altered understanding of the ways in which authoritarian regimes like China can wield information resources as power in the global arena.

Please join us as the author describes this phenomenon and its implications for democracy in the region and beyond. Rebecca MacKinnon, Director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America and former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief, will provide comments. Brian Joseph, Senior Director of Asia and Global Programs at NED, will moderate.

Tuesday, March 7, 12-2:00pm EST

Lunch will be served 12:00-12:15pm

National Endowment for Democracy

1025 F Street NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20004


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