Handbook on Human Rights in China
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Handbook on Human Rights in China

Edited by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig

This Handbook gives a wide-ranging account of the theory and practice of human rights in China, viewed against international standards, and China’s international engagements around human rights. The Handbook is organised into the following sections: contested meanings; international dimensions; economic and social rights; civil and political rights; rights in/action and access to justice; political dimensions of human rights in Greater China; and new frontiers.
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Chapter 29: Human rights and the Internet in China: new frontiers and challenges

Marina Svensson


This chapter addresses some of the core issues in debates on human rights and information and communication technologies (ICTs). China is one of the world’s worst abusers of Internet freedoms and has developed a highly elaborate system of censorship, filtering, and blocking. The chapter analyses the current situation in China with respect to developments, policies, institutions, regulations and laws. It examines how different actors, including the government, companies, and civil society actors are involved in and shape both debates and practices. China’s position and involvement in different international institutions is also briefly addressed as this involvement reflects domestic concerns as well as China’s global ambitions. The chapter addresses some selected human rights issues in more detail, including access, freedom of speech, privacy and surveillance, as well as outlines some areas for further research.

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