Rebecca MacKinnon points to an article about how technology might be creating political foment in China.
Xiao Qiang of China Digital Times has now posted his excellent essay
originally written for the Wall Street Journal about how the role of
technology in China’s recent anti-Japanese protests. The government
certainly allowed these protests to happen, and even encourages the
rise of anti-foreign and especially anti-Japanese nationalism in
Chinese cyberspace as a way of deflecting people’s frustrations away
from their own government. Nonetheless, Xiao believes that the
internet and wireless technology that made these protests possible will
ultimately do more to break down the Communist Party’s control –
despite all the impressive efforts to control and filter what Chinese
people can see and do on the internet.