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The Door Is Closed, but Not Locked: China's VPN Policy

@article{Yang2017TheDI,
  title={The Door Is Closed, but Not Locked: China's VPN Policy},
  author={K. Yang},
  journal={Georgetown University-Graduate School of Arts & Sciences},
  year={2017}
}
  • K. Yang
  • Published 2017
  • Political Science
  • Georgetown University-Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
This paper attempts to explain why China still allow some people to use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to bypass China’s heavily guarded Internet content censorship system, despite the assumption that the free flow of information can bring regime instability and collective political action. After excluding two alternative explanations, technological capability and political attitude, I argue that the use of VPNs in China is a result of a deliberate government policy of keeping a partially open… Expand
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