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25 Jan 2016

Min Jiang, Business and Human Rights Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1

Chinese Internet Business and Human Rights

The dubious human rights record of foreign internet companies in China has been the subject of popular and scholarly scrutiny. This article surveys three recent developments in the intersection of information technology and human rights in China: (i) the rise and fall of Chinese social media firms (Sina Weibo and WeChat) and the prospect for advancing human rights via Chinese tech companies; (ii) the social impacts of foreign internet firms currently operating in China; and (iii) Chinese internet businesses’ ‘going out’ strategy and its human rights ramifications abroad…[T]he primary concern of this essay is the right to speech on the Chinese internet…[T]he PRC’s spectacular economic growth in the past four decades, which has lifted more than 500 million people out of poverty, is without doubt a remarkable achievement of economic and social human rights. However, progress in the political realm has lagged far behind…[Also refers to Apple, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla.]

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