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Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall

Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall

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  • Margaret E Roberts
  • Princeton University Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780691204000
  • 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.7 inches
  • 0.75 pounds
  • Political Science > Political Ideologies - Democracy
  • English
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A groundbreaking and surprising look at contemporary censorship in China

As authoritarian governments around the world develop sophisticated technologies for controlling information, many observers have predicted that these controls would be easily evaded by savvy internet users. In Censored, Margaret Roberts demonstrates that even censorship that is easy to circumvent can still be enormously effective. Taking advantage of digital data harvested from the Chinese internet and leaks from China's Propaganda Department, Roberts sheds light on how censorship influences the Chinese public. Drawing parallels between censorship in China and the way information is manipulated in the United States and other democracies, she reveals how internet users are susceptible to control even in the most open societies. Censored gives an unprecedented view of how governments encroach on the media consumption of citizens.

Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall

Author Bio

Welcome! I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Hal?c?o?lu Data Science Institute at the University of California, San Diego. I co-direct the China Data Lab at the 21st Century China Center. I am also part of the Omni-Methods Group. My research interests lie in the intersection of political methodology and the politics of information, with a specific focus on methods of automated content analysis and the politics of censorship and propaganda in China.

I received a PhD from Harvard in Government (2014), MS from Stanford in Statistics (2009) and BA from Stanford in International Relations and Economics (2009). Much of my research uses social media, online experiments, and large collections of texts to understand the influence of censorship and propaganda on access to information and beliefs about politics.

My book, Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall, published by Princeton University Press in 2018, was listed as one of the Foreign Affairs Best Books of 2018, was honored with the Goldsmith Book Award, and has been awarded the Best Book Award in the Human Rights Section and Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. I am honored to hold a Chancellor's Associates Endowed Chair at UCSD.

 

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