Austin Presents "Cyber Policy in China" at Brookings Institution

News | December 08, 2014

On December 9th, the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution will host a book event marking the publication of Cyber Policy in China by EWI Professorial Fellow Greg Austin.

China will not become an advanced cyber power without radical changes in policy and politics. This is the conclusion of Australian scholar, Greg Austin, whose new book, Cyber Policy in China, will be launched next week at the Brookings Institution, December 9, in a public seminar from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. 

Cyber Policy in China offers a general overview of the country’s domestic processes for cyber policy from 2000 to 2014. It has several main messages:

  1. China is relatively weak in cyber military power compared with the United States and its global alliance system;
  2. China’s leaders are deeply concerned about U.S. and Western technological superiority in the ICT sector and about China’s difficulty in building a high-performing national innovation system;
  3. China’s censorship policies, including on the web, may be damaging to its ambitions to become an advanced technology country;
  4. China will not keep pace in the advanced science of the ICT sector without radical changes in education policy and freedom of information.

Details of the book can be found here. For event registration, click here


Dr. Austin is a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute and a Visiting Professor with the Australian Defence Force Academy at the University of New South Wales in Canberra. This is his sixth book—as author or editor—that addresses Chinese or Russian security policy. His contacts are +44 7577677205 and