Sydney GORDON, The Potential for the Internet in Communist China



Abstract: The Internet in China represents a platform in the struggle for human rights and identity. The government of China recognizes the importance of the Internet, and fears it will endanger the Chinese Communist Party. Thus, the government strives to maintain the health of the Party and its own economic development by keeping tight media regulations. My paper will examine the motives behind Chinese Internet censorship, and the potential impact on the Chinese people if they were granted free Internet reign.

Keywords: the internet, China, identity, communism

SYDNEY GORDON recently graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in biochemistry and a music minor. As an undergraduate researcher in Professor David Baker’s laboratory, Sydney was part of a research project using protein engineering to design a drug therapeutic for gluten intolerance. This work was recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Since graduation, she has been employed as a Research Scientist Assistant in the Institute for Protein Design in the Baker lab. She also works part-time as the Laboratory Testing Manager of Seal Shield, a company that manufactures antimicrobial plastic items such as keyboards and iPad cases. In fall 2013, she will begin graduate studies at Stanford University, working towards a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology.

Supliment nr 1 2013

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