China, Africa, and the Future of the Internet

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China is transforming Africa's information space. It is assisting African broadcasters with extensive loans, training and exchange programs and has set up its own media operations on the continent in the form of CCTV 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‚ÄĒfrom Chinese and African journalists in Chinese media to Chinese workers for major telecommunication companies‚ÄĒthis highly original book demonstrates how China is both contributing to the ‚ÄúAfrica rising‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs new model for the media strategies of developing states, and the consequences of policing Africa‚Äôs information space for geopolitics, security, and citizenship.