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UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal
ARTICLE: THE DOT.COMMUNIST REVOLUTION: WILL THE INTERNET BRING DEMOCRACY TO CHINA?
18 UCLA PAC. BASIN L.J. 98
S. David Cooper*
There is a new revolution beginning to stir in the last great country still enamored with the communist ideal. China is one of the world's largest countries by land mass and its largest country by population, and it has waded into the deep, unknown waters of the Internet. China's leaders are taking a huge risk. In a country that could claim virtually any information as a "state secret," the greatest tool ever invented for the promotion of free speech seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Some may think that China has signed a deal with the devil - sold its soul for the financial rewards promised by the Internet. If a free market society is the devil and communism is China's soul, then they may be right.
This paper is not intended to be a technical dissertation on the Internet. For a good discussion of the history of the Internet and how it works, see Scott Feir's comment, Regulations Restricting Internet Access: Attempted Repair of Rupture in China's Great Wall Restraining the Free Exchange of Ideas. 1 This paper will, however, review the challenges faced by China in its decision to pursue Internet technology and markets. It will also investigate the possible effects that an Internet society will have on the future of communism in China. The first part will address the benefits to China of pursuing Internet connections. It will address competition with the West and China's resultant challenges with the country's morale. The second part ...
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