Professor of Communication and FSI Senior Fellow, Stanford University
Jennifer Pan is a Professor of Communication and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. Her research resides at the intersection of political communication and authoritarian politics. Using large-scale datasets on political activity in China and other authoritarian countries, her work answers questions about how autocrats perpetuate their rule; how political censorship, propaganda, and information manipulation work in the digital age; and how preferences and behaviors are shaped as a result. Her papers have appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as Science, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. She graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and received her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Government.
Uncovering Online Censorship and Propaganda in China
Although digital communication technologies have revolutionized the way information can flow across borders and national boundaries, governments all over the world impose restrictions on access to digital information. Nowhere is the effort to control and manipulate the flow of digital information more sophisticated, more extensive and more sustained than in China. Controlling China's digital ecosystem involves a huge organizational effort that is obviously designed to suppress information, but this effort paradoxically reveals the goals, intentions, actions of Chinese regime when its footprints are analyzed at scale.