14 July 2010

CN - China's plan to use internet for propaganda

(Sydney Morning Herald)
The Chinese Communist Party has detailed its ambitious but secretive strategy for transforming the internet into a force for keeping it in power and projecting "soft power" abroad. An internal speech by China's top internet official, apparently posted by accident on an official internet site before being promptly removed, outlines a vast array of institutions and methods to control opinion at home and also "create an international public opinion environment that is objective, beneficial and friendly to us". Concerning the Development and Administration of Our Country's Internet, Report by Wang Chen, Deputy Director, Propaganda Department, Communist Party of China (CPC) Director, External Propaganda Department, CPC Director, Information Office, State Council, People's Republic of China. Delivered on April 29, 2010 before the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.