13 July 2012
China, Internet Freedom, and US Policy
The link between the Internet and human rights, a pillar of US foreign policy towards China, is the main focus of this report. Congressional interest in the Internet in China is tied to human rights concerns in a number of ways. These include the following: the use of the Internet as a US policy tool for promoting freedom of expression and other rights in China; the use of the Internet by political dissidents in the PRC, and the political repression that such use often provokes; the role of US Internet companies in both spreading freedom in China and complying with PRC censorship and social control efforts; and the development of US Internet freedom policies globally.
Thomas Lum, Patricia Moloney Figliola, Matthew C Weed