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[Commlist] New Book: China, Africa, and the Future of the Internet

Fri Oct 18 19:46:48 GMT 2019

New Book: *China, Africa, and the Future of the Internet*
By: Iginio Gagliardone

China is transforming Africa's information space. It is assisting African broadcasters with extensive loans, training and exchange programmes and has set up its own media operations on the continent in the form of CCTV/CGTN Africa. In the telecommunications sector, China is helping African governments to expand access to the internet and mobile phones, with rapid and large-scale success. While Western countries have ambiguously linked the need to fight security threats with restrictions of the information space, China has been vocal in asserting the need to control communication to ensure stability and development.

Featuring a wealth of interviews with a variety of actors – from Chinese and African journalists in Chinese media to Chinese workers for major telecommunication companies – this highly original book demonstrates how China is both contributing to the 'Africa rising' narrative while exploiting the weaknesses of Western approaches to Africa, which remain trapped between an emphasis on stability and service delivery, on the one hand, and the desire to advocate human rights and freedom of expression on the other. Arguing no state can be understood without attention to its information structure, the book provides the first assessment of China’s new model for the media strategies of developing states, and the consequences of policing Africa’s information space for geopolitics, security and citizenship.


'Impressive and rigorous, /China, Africa and the Future of the Internet/ respects different schools of thought regarding the internet and development, whilst providing a critique that is schooled and convincing. Gagliardone takes an issue of great importance and brings fresh and penetrating analysis to it.' Monroe E. Price, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

'A very original, rigorous and well-cited contribution to the wider field of China-Africa studies and the current global conversation on internet governance. China, Africa and the Future of the Internet provides a useful counter-perspective to the dominant discourse around internet governance which tends to focus on the global north, excluding the notable developments in internet governance taking place in the global south.'
Cobus van Staden, Co-host of the China in Africa Podcast


ZED Publishers is offering this book at a *discounted price* until 24th October 2019 It can be purchased both in paperback, epub, and Kindle versions at half of the price (£ 9.50)
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