Digital democracy in China: Evaluating Chinese citizens' fight for rights via the Internet
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In an information and Internet age, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s political power suffers from public challenges via the Internet. China attempts to control online dissent via online censorship, but it fails to effectively do that for less politically sensitive issues. This study examines the argument in light of the Sun Zhigang Event (2003), She Xianglin Case (2005), and Shanxi Black Brick Kiln Incident (2007) and finds that China increases openness in the government in response to domestic online pressure. Although China has the problems of digital divide and political control, Internet cafés and online counter-control strategies can tackle them. Informed and open Chinese Internet users can push the conservative Chinese government to make political changes. The process is slow but ongoing.