Xiao Qiang (萧强) is adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, a bilingual collaborative China news website. Here he discusses the Chinese Government’s approaches to the internet and the phenomenon of the ’50 cent blogger’.
“… the Chinese government is really determined to control the on line content with any cost. SO the more internet users are out spoken, the more internet form public opinion to opening up the Chinese press system, the more effort of the Chinese authority put it, whether resources, personals, new laws, technology and more sophisticated propaganda efforts to try to control on line. SO the Chinese internet is really a contested space. ”