Articles by Bei Qin, David Strömberg, and Yanhui Wu:

e-Autocracy: How Social Media Helps the Chinese State Surveil Protests and Spread Propaganda

The Chinese government has invested heavily in surveillance systems that exploit information on social media. This column shows that these systems are very effective, even in their simplest form. From the government’s point of view, social media, although unattractive as a potential outlet for organised social protest, is useful as a method to surveil protests, monitor local officials, and disseminate propaganda.

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