Title: An economic analysis on internet regulation in China and proposals to policy and law makers

Authors: Zhixiong Liao

Addresses: Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand

Abstract: China has enacted and enforced 70-more internet-regulation related pieces of laws and regulations, and the so-called 'real name registration' scheme is to be implemented by the end of June 2014. To date, China has established comprehensive legal framework and sophisticated multi-level law enforcement mechanism to regulate the contents on internet. This paper undertakes an economic analysis of the internet contents regulation in China, aiming to find out a possible answer to the question of whether the current regulation regime in China on internet contents is cost-effective, feasible and maintainable and hence justifiable and desirable, taking into account the short-term and long-term welfare of the community. Based on the analysis, this paper makes submissions to policy and law makers accordingly.

Keywords: economic analysis; internet regulation; technology policy; law enforcement; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPL.2016.077164

International Journal of Technology Policy and Law, 2016 Vol.2 No.2/3/4, pp.242 - 256

Published online: 22 Jun 2016 *

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