This chapter first provides basic information about the Internet, including its history, structure, and functions. It then examines why and how the Internet is regulated in China. The regulatory mechanisms examined include laws and regulations, administrative licensing, architectural control, technical protection, administrative enforcement, industry self-regulation, and public supervision. In addition, the chapter briefly discusses the problems with China’s Internet regulation.
The Internet is one of the most important inventions of recent decades. It has fundamentally changed people’s lives, and it is still evolving rapidly. With the explosive ...