Nigel Inkster is a director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He served for 31 years in the British Secret Intelligence Services (SIS). He had postings in Asia, Latin America and Europe and worked extensively on transnational security issues. He was on the board of the SIS (commonly known as MI6) for seven years, the last two as Assistant Chief Director for Operations and Intelligence. He graduated from St. John’s College, Oxford, with a first-class degree in Oriental Studies. His languages include Chinese and Spanish. He is currently Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Committee on Terrorism.
Beijing is in a love-hate relationship with the online world. The Communist Party of China hails the Internet’s vast commercial potential, but the cyber space has the potential to shift power from the state to citizens. So how does China handle the challenge? What is the government’s approach to management and regulation of the Internet–and what does this mean for us in the West?