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Nov 15, 2011 12:01
According to the past events and the current situation, the key factor that determines Chinese government’s attitude towards cyberactivism is it's target. If certain cyberactivism is focusing on criticizing the government,such as promoting campaigns to fight for the right to vote, it's message will be censored.The websites host their messages may be brought down without notice. Political topics are strictly censored on the Chinese Internet and the censorship strategy follows the will of the state.For example,the Chinese word“政府”(Government)is in the list of banned keywords(isn't that ridiculous?). So the “open” attitude of government to part of the cyberactivism (like cybernationalism) indicates its unpublished supportive policy. And the substantive motive of the undetectable supports of the state power is that central government can take advantage of cybernationalism in its international affairs.

This will not lead to a shift from a top-down to a bottom-up agenda setting.
The first reason is that the political system of China prevents public opinion from influencing government decision-making. The reality of the lack of right to vote result in the lack of political power of the cyberactivism group, even if they have a considerable influence in virtual world. So it is unable to influence the form of the agenda setting.

The second reason is that a large part of the group who can be classified as cyberactivist/cybernationalist is from the lower social class. And most of the rest is from the middle class, extremely few from the upper class. This type of constitution heavily weakens the social influence of cyberactivism/cybernationalism. Without enough social influence, it is nearly impossible to change the agenda setting.