Skip to navigation – Site map

HomeIssues2016/2Special featureGlobal Internet Governance in Chi...

Special feature

Global Internet Governance in Chinese Academic Literature

Rebalancing a Hegemonic World Order?
Séverine Arsène
p. 25-35


This article explores the apparently ambivalent foundations of the notion of cybersovereignty as seen from China, through some of the most recent Chinese academic literature on global Internet governance. It shows that the sampled authors conceive of the current Internet order as an anarchic or disorderly space where global hegemons reproduce their domination over the world in the digital age. In the rather dichotomous world that this portrays, most of the authors concentrate their attention on the position and strategy of the United States, with a view to underlining the contradictions in American discourse through the PRISM scandal or the status of ICANN. In this context, most scholars studied here see the current situation, where Internet governance is increasingly debated, as an opportunity to rebalance the global Internet order and advance the strategic interests of China through the establishment of an intergovernmental Internet governance framework in the long term, and through active participation in the current status quo in the short term.

Top of page


Bibliographical reference

Séverine Arsène, « Global Internet Governance in Chinese Academic Literature », China Perspectives, 2016/2 | 2016, 25-35.

Electronic reference

Séverine Arsène, « Global Internet Governance in Chinese Academic Literature », China Perspectives [Online], 2016/2 | 2016, Online since 01 June 2017, connection on 23 October 2020. URL : ; DOI :

Top of page

About the author

Séverine Arsène

Séverine Arsène is a researcher at CEFC and chief editor of China Perspectives. CEFC, 20/F Wanchai Central Building, 89 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong (

By this author

Top of page


© All rights reserved

Top of page
  • Logo CEFC – Centre d’études français sur la Chine contemporaine
  • OpenEdition Journals
Search OpenEdition Search

You will be redirected to OpenEdition Search