Explaining my obsession with China
I have received various comments and questions from NowPublic readers from Mainland China. They have inquired about how NP works and about sourcing news stories to understand crowd-powered journalism. I have to admit that I am a user of NowPublic media and mechanism and cannot speak for the owners and operators because I am just one of many contributors.
I try to follow NP rules to 1) link posts to news of the day, stories written and published by mainstream media and off beat media that I find personally interesting and 2) then I add my commentary as “opinion.”
What I decide to write about is driven by personal interest and one of those topics is China. My first interest is individual freedom, as I know it founded in the American Constitution. Second, I am interested in alternatives to capitalism because I think the global economy may do better under a different model that we have yet to invent. China ranks high in my topic list for several reasons: 1) Due to size of population and geography the people and their government are important; 2) While China and the US have had adversarial history, this has been transforming to the point where China is now a principal financier; 3) When Chinese leadership and American leadership begin to communicate more closely as a matter of routine, the prospects of collaboration of diverse ideas will likely bode well for the worldly population, in my opinion; 4) Sometimes I confront both the US government and Chine government when I think their positions are not in the best interest of We the People.
I am reaching to Chinese people, including the government, to establish a dialogue in the NowPublic space. Just as the US government frowns on Governor Richardson’s freelancing to speak with North Koreans, they might frown on a US citizen freelancing in speaking with the Chinese. Yet, this is my freedom to do this and I will exercise it as a most allegiant American citizen who believes that outreach to fellow citizens in the world will lead to peaceful outcomes.
“Assessing China's E-Government: information, service, transparency and citizen outreach of government websites
Author: Xia Li Lollar - *Xia Li Lollar is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She received her Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and a masters degree in public administration from Iowa State University. Her publications include articles on economic and political development and Internet use in China. She has also published a book titled China's Transition toward a Market Economy, Civil Society and Democracy
This article examines e-government development and its impact on authoritarian rule in China. It is widely believed that e-government can help to encourage government transparency, expand the information flow, promote work efficiency and increase citizens' political participation. This may be true in open democracies, yet there is little scholarly support for this conventional wisdom applied in authoritarian societies. In this article, we review the current condition of e-government in China by a detailed analysis of 29 government websites at the provincial/metropolitan level. We look at what kinds of features are available online, such as information available and services provided. We also examine the transparency and citizen participation efforts and whether e-government in China today will result in movement toward e-democracy tomorrow.”
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