Which frame looks better on the internet? The Chinese or the American?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010

USC Center on Public Diplomacy blog, 3 Agust 2010: Monroe Price: "As global framing contests go, one of the most spectacular is the transnational effort to define proper regulation of the Internet (and in the process characterize China’s information policy). In June, China’s State Information Office issued a White Paper on the Internet. It could be seen as a response to another important text, Hillary Clinton’s much acclaimed January Newseum speech on the same subject, called 'Remarks on Internet Freedom.' These papers, especially the China White Paper, have not received the attention that they deserve. ... [T]he China White Paper makes this pitch to the international community, a call for 'the establishment of an authoritative and just international Internet administration organization under the UN framework through democratic procedures on a worldwide scale.' This is presumably antithetical to the U.S. position—but it has its diplomatic advantages. Over the next years versions of these competing ideas will be marketed by the two powers. Already, the debate has had its innings at the World Summit for Information Society (WSIS). Google is investing to develop a supportive perspective for the U.S. position. The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program recently launched a year-long forum drawn from public, private and government sectors 'to suggest new ways to preserve the values and potential of the global Internet.'" See previous post about China's white paper. See previous post about Secretary Clinton's speech.

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