Online corruption-reporting, internet censorship, and the limits of responsive authoritarianism

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dc.contributor.author Hoskins, Jack
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-22T14:31:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-08-22
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8443
dc.description.abstract This thesis traces the development of the Chinese government’s attempts to solicit corruption reports from citizens via online platforms such as websites and smartphone applications. It argues that this endeavour has proven largely unsuccessful, and what success it has enjoyed is not sustainable. The reason for this failure is that prospective complainants are offered little incentive to report corruption via official channels. Complaints on social media require less effort and are more likely to lead to investigations than complaints delivered straight to the government, though neither channel is particularly effective. The regime’s concern for social stability has led to widespread censorship of corruption discussion on social media, as well as a slew of laws and regulations banning the behaviour. Though it is difficult to predict what the long-term results of these policies will be, it seems likely that the regime’s ability to collect corruption data will remain limited. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject corruption en_US
dc.subject China en_US
dc.subject internet privacy en_US
dc.subject internet law en_US
dc.subject data crowdsourcing en_US
dc.title Online corruption-reporting, internet censorship, and the limits of responsive authoritarianism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Guoguang Wu
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2018-07-14

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