By Gavin Brown
In 2008, The Washington Post heralded President Barack Obama as the “Social Networking King” for his use of social media during his campaign for presidency . While there were politicians before Obama who used blogs and web pages to seek funds and support, no one used social media to the same extent as the Obama Campaign. Obama raised over half a billion dollars online. J.A. Vargus of The Washington Post states, “3 million donors made a total of 6.5 million donations online adding up to more than $500 million. Of those 6.5 million donations, 6 million were in increments of $100 or less” . Continue reading
Government, Innovation, Globalization and Economic Growth in China. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011
Review By Jeffrey Barlow
At the Berglund Center we have long been interested in the relationship between the impact of the Internet and economic development . While there is no doubt that there is a relationship between these two factors, its precise nature is difficult to quantify. Continue reading
Many small businesses aren’t aware of the laws regulating their electronic presence. This alert covers just a few of the legal issues that may arise in connection with your company’s website and commercial emails.
By Jeffrey Barlow
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This is the fourth and concluding editorial in a series, “Peaceful Evolution in China and the World Wide Web”.  To summarize the arguments thus far:
- I have argued that a system with stable political factions functions very much like a system with two or more political parties, usually thought to be a critical element of a democratic political system, though not the only one.
- In the Chinese system, consistent factions have been visible over recent years. At present, there are two important ones. First is the Tuanpai, a group associated with past leadership in the Chinese Youth League, the most dominant of Chinese mass organizations.
- The second recognizable faction is the Princeling’s faction. This is less well organized than the Tuanpai. It is formed not of those who have come up via a common political path, such as leadership in the Youth League, but of those who have descended from politically powerful or wealthy families.
- In the Chinese political system, both contemporary and historical, the most useful weapon wielded by factions was to charge that an opponent had violated core agreements on values, usually through personal corruption.
In this fourth and concluding article, we examine the probable successors to the two most important posts in China, the Presidency, now held by Hu Jintao, and the Premiership, now held by Wen JIaobao. We argue here that important changes are occurring in China, and that due in large part to the Internet as a conduit for Chinese popular voices, democratic interests will be much strengthened in this new era. Continue reading