"A gripping and illuminating account of how the Chinese state fell in and out of love with the internet--and what it means for China and for the rest of the world."--Jonathan Sullivan, director of the China Policy Institute
"A savvy journalist with a keen eye for the telling anecdote and an interest in big questions, Griffiths skillfully traces China's efforts to control the internet. He also makes important moves beyond China's borders to highlight the global implications."--Jeffrey Wasserstrom, coauthor of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
"Griffith's vivid and compelling account untangles the complex evolution of China's internet controls, providing both valuable context for recent events and a solid foundation for understanding future developments."--Samuel Wade, deputy editor, China Digital Times
"Griffith has written an important and incisive history of the Chinese internet that introduces us to the government officials, business leaders, and technology activists struggling over access to information within the Great Firewall."--Adam M. Segal, author of The Hacked World Order
"Readers will come away startled at just how fragile the online infrastructure we all depend on is and how much influence China wields--both technically and politically."--Jason Q. Ng, author of Blocked on Weibo
"Exhaustively researched and wonderfully written, the book moves effortlessly between gripping narratives from the frontlines of digital struggle to trenchant analysis of the formation and evolution of China's Great Firewall."--Eli Friedman, Cornell University
Once little more than a glorified porn filter, China’s ‘Great Firewall’ has evolved into the most sophisticated system of online censorship in the world. As the Chinese internet grows and online businesses thrive, speech is controlled, dissent quashed, and attempts to organise outside the official Communist Party are quickly stamped out. But the effects of the Great Firewall are not confined to China itself.
Through years of investigation James Griffiths gained unprecedented access to the Great Firewall and the politicians, tech leaders, dissidents and hackers whose lives revolve around it. As distortion, post-truth and fake news become old news James Griffiths shows just how far the Great Firewall has spread. Now is the time for a radical new vision of online liberty.