Internetkultur, Meinungsfreiheit und Zensur in China

In dem Artikel From Red Guards to Cyber-vigilantism to where next? über Internetkultur, Meinungsfreiheit und Zensur in China stellt Oiwan Lam einige sehr interessante Fragen: In welcher Weise kann ein demokratischer Umgang mit Öffentlichkeit und Medien der chinesischen Zivilgesellschaft die politische und soziale Entwicklung in China beeinflussen? Sie diagnostiziert eine Verunsicherung der Eliten im Umgang mit der Demokratisierung der Gesellschaft und speziell im Hinblick auf Pluralität, Meinungsfreiheit im Internet.

When I watch China’s human flesh search engines in action I often think of the Cultural Revolution and the Red Guards. Unlike the Red Guards they’re not really being manipulated by one charismatic leader (yet); they’re just acting on their own. Like the Red Guards, the intent of today’s cyber-vigilantes is idealistic; they believe in their absolute moral righteousness. Sometimes they expose corrupt and venal officials who deserve to go to jail. Other times they conduct moral witch hunts against people whose behavior may not be very admirable but what crime did they commit exactly and who is to be the judge? It is very exciting that the Internet is making it increasingly difficult for Chinese government officials to behave irresponsibly, abuse taxpayer funds, or commit crimes without being exposed. The question is, where is this all headed?

Will the Chinese people rise above cyber-vigilantism and use the Internet to build a just and fair society governed by accountable leaders?

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