Accession Number:

ADA595565

Title:

Wither the Jasmine: China's Two-Phase Operation for Cyber Control-in-Depth

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

FOREIGN MILITARY STUDIES OFFICE (ARMY) FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

Chinas Jasmine Revolution, an online movement that emerged from the embers of revolutions sweeping the Middle East, experienced an enthusiastic birth but ultimately suffered a premature and rather mundane death. A passive shrug of the shoulders, and the embryonic movement withered and died on the vine. Some would argue that the Jasmine Revolution never took the breath of life -- that it was merely a manifestation of the Chinese governments overreaction to the possibility of social unrest and the Western medias exuberance to cover it. The timing was wrong China is not the Middle East, economic conditions were not conducive to a revolution, and it was not a serious movement. These and a host of other reasons explain the Jasmine Revolutions untimely demise. Whether the result of one or a combination of these factors, the downfall of the nascent movement illuminates the mechanisms behind Beijings ability to provide comprehensive cyber control-in-depth through a two-phased system consisting of seven components external monitoring, internal monitoring, blocking, attacks, intimidation, campaigning, and self-censorship.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE