For this assignment there are going to be 4 Discussion Posts.

1- In your first post, define, describe, and analyze the issue of intellectual property theft by the Chinese government and its agents; this persistent problem is part of the Trump administration’s current China trade policies. Cite all required readings including, MacKinnon, Lindsay and Cheung and other articles, as well as videos.

2- In your second post, define, describe, and analyze the case of Shi Tao and how cyber espionage and internet policy have been employed as tools of Chinese internal security policy against dissidents, as discussed in McKune. Cite relevant readings and videos, and also refer to Pei’s ideas about “selective repression” (pp. 81-83); “containing social unrest (pp. 83-84); and “responding to the information revolution” (84-88).

3 & 4 In your third and fourth posts, continue to define, describe, and analyze topics of your choice based on the Week 4 assigned readings and videos.

Note: All the posts have to be based on the sources (Articles and videos provided on this document below)

Chinese journalist Shi Tao released after 8 years in prison. By Jessica King, CNN, September 8, 2013

Dispatches: Shi Tao and the Dangers of China’s State Secrets Laws. By Phelim Kine, Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch, September 11, 2013.

Criticism of Yahoo! Read only section 3: Work in the People’s Republic of China!

Topic: Democratizing China?

Pei, Minxin. China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2008. Ch. 2, Democratizing China? pp. 45-95 (50 pages). Available online as an E-Book from the Utica College Library website

Required Videos: total viewing time appx. 24 mins

How China Steals US Technology for Profit. China Uncensored. (11:09 min.)

China Hacking USA? Are They Stealing Intellectual Property? (13:23 min.)

How much has the US lost from China’s IP theft? By Sherisse Pham, March 23, 2018, article

Trump’s actions send a clear message: China’s era of intellectual property theft is over. By Michael Wessel and Jim Talent, Opinion Contributors, March 31, 2018, USA Today.

Discussion Post Sample:

The “Panopticon Effect” is a method used by the government of China to keep citizens in check at all times possible. In her book, MacKinnon describes the Panopticon Effect as a way to ” give prisoners credible proof that they are under surveillance some of the time, though not all of the time. If they have no way of knowing exactly when they are being watched, they end up having to assume they are under surveillance all the time.” (MacKinnon,2012, p80). Based on Bentham’s design, she also argues that ” When people are unaware of being monitored, at least some of the time, without clear information about exactly how and when the surveillance is taking place, against whom, and according to what specific criteria, people will choose to avoid trouble and modify their behavior in ways that are often subtle and even subconscious.”(MacKinnon,2012, p80).

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