China's Baidupedia: An Authoritarian Alternate to Wikipedia?



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Code :BSM0039

Year :
2006

Industry : Internet and e-commerce

Region : China

Teaching Note:Not Available

Structured Assignment :Not Available

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Abstract: Since 1995, Internet usage in China has continued to expand rapidly as the Chinese government has managed to promote the development of the Internet for its economic benefits while controlling it through strict censorship. Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia was blocked like many others in China, as the government felt that it featured articles on politically sensitive issues. To fill in the gap, Baidu.com, a domestic Internet company launched Baidupedia, an online encyclopedia in Chinese language. Unlike Wikipedia, whose members are free to add content without being monitored, Baidupedia is highly censored and its entries are thoroughly screened before being uploaded to the site. Skepticism runs high about the future success of Baidupedia as it is opined that Baidupedia ignores the basic principle of any online free encyclopedia, which is giving freedom to its patrons to write and edit content.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand the business model of free, open-ended, online encyclopedias
  • To highlight the Internet censorship in China and the methods used by the government to censor online information
  • To debate whether Baidupedia would be successful in the long run and whether Chinese people would accept the authoritative source of information management

    Keywords : Internet Censorship in China; Free Online encyclopedia; Wikipedia; Innovation Management Case Study; Open Content Business Model; Communist Government in China; Great Firewall of China; Internet Usage in China; Self-censoring Online Encyclopedia; Authoritarian View of Information Management; Politically Sensitive Content; Internet Censorship Law in China; Freely Accessible Content

    Contents :
    Wikipedia: Pioneering the Open-ended Online Encyclopedia
    Internet Censorship in China
    Inception of Baidupedia


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