Yale Presentaion, Green Internet Communities

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  • “ Freedom means knowing how big your cage is.” –Cheng Yizhong All green NGOs in china have green in their title
  • 1994 china connected to internet A quarter of urban China is online, up to half in 5 years 40 mil PCs sold last year Average user is 25 (45 in US) A quarter use BBS sites frequently Green dam now only public computers
  • Best way for international groups to engage internet communities anywhere is through multi-tier approach
  • Add clip of forestry guy’s post to CD website
  • Real estate values, the cautionary principle
  • Motivated by Jilin accident-loss of trust, real estate Chinese mandate 20 km from city center Number of people killed in tiananmen square…400-800
  • Migrant beaten to death (6 officials punnihsed/fired) , woman killed her official rapist (more than 4 million posts, freed on bail) anyone could be Deng Yujiao, public interest lawyer released…maybe not free But where are environmental releases? Few arrests, Wu Lihong?
  • Reasons for reduced trust of community members and information 50 cent party members, angry youth-discourage pluralistic views Participation but no consensus
  • Yale Presentaion, Green Internet Communities

    1. 1. Green Internet Communities Rattling the Bars of Environmental Discourse
    2. 2. The Internet in China Large | Young | Social | Censored <ul><li>Broadband users above age 13 number 286-300 million (nearly 2x US figures) </li></ul><ul><li>Users under 35 make up 73% of online population (35% in the US) </li></ul><ul><li>92% contribute regularly to user-generated content sites </li></ul><ul><li>Censorship denied access to 19,000 websites in 2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Dam </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. The Internet’s Contribution <ul><li>Green public sphere unique in china because </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Issue specific community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transnational community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engages public policy and politics without being explicitly political, nonpartisan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contention can take place online </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Many Voices | Many Media <ul><li>Communication across space </li></ul>
    5. 5. Many Voices | Many Media <ul><li>Communication across class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs / Bulletin Boards </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Many Voices | Many Media <ul><li>Communication across Time - Microblogs </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Internet’s Contribution A Cake Walk Together <ul><li>Shanghai Maglev Protests – January 2008 </li></ul>
    8. 8. Cake Walks Continue <ul><li>Xiamen – May 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Chengdu – May 2008 </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Internet’s Contribution Government | People <ul><li>Pressure from the bottom up </li></ul><ul><li>Top-down, faster communication </li></ul>
    10. 10. Reason for Doubt <ul><li>Mistrust of the information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of information, little filter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on speed and not quality or understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mistrust of the people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scapegoats are usually found </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal abuse rampant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50 cent party members </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>艾林琳 Linden Ellis </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Project Director </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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