Becoming a cyber power : China's cybersecurity upgrades and its consequences

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This article begins by discussing possible reasons behind the VPN block and linking it to the institutional expansion of the cyberspace authorities, which has resulted in a series of measures to tighten up cybersecurity. It argues that these measures reflect two main strategies: content control and technological self-sufficiency. These two strategies are key building blocks in China’s conception of cybersecurity, a notion defined by Chinese officials as technologies and processes designed to protect against Internet-based threats to a wide range of domains, including political and ideological integrity, data, technology, applications, businesses, and communication channels. These strategies are not only aimed at maintaining regime survival and protecting national security, but are also intended to nurture the domestic economy – particularly the technology industry. The increasingly restrictive Internet policies suggest that China is keen to pursue cybersecurity as a national priority, and is doing so regardless of the serious consequences it might entail.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalChina Perspectives
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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