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My Dissertation: At the turn of the twentieth century, conventional wisdom dictated that the Internet would be the harbinger of democratic revolution in authoritarian countries such as China. A decade later, the “Web 2.0 Revolution” holds new promise for real world revolution. However, Internet-assisted revolution in China has been limited by a lack of cyber-dissidents and stymied by a censorship system which has adapted to meet the challenges of Web 2.0. At the same time, discussion on both Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is facilitating an increasingly powerful representative public opinion and is nurturing democratic values. As such, this online discussion holds significance in its potential for “Democratisation 2.0”; democratic evolution rather than revolution.