Review: Are we caught in China’s web?

Tin Hinane El Kadi critiques an alarmist account of Beijing’s internet ambitions

The World Today
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Tin Hinane El Kadi

Former Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

The Digital Silk Road: China’s Quest to Wire the World and Win the Future,
Jonathan E Hillman, Profile Books, £20.00

Will China take over the internet?

With the world’s largest online population, estimated at about one billion users, and a booming digital industry, China has expanded its global digital footprint in recent years.

Chinese tech multinationals built the backbone telecommunication infrastructure used by millions of people across the world. China stands to become an even more significant actor in shaping the internet in the foreseeable future through the Digital Silk Road, the digital component of Beijing’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.

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