Building the Party’s Governing Capability:
Walking the Internet Mass Line in the New Era
August 23, 2017. 11:31:27 – Source: Hongqi Wengao – Author: Nie Mingsheng
Following the development and application of network media technology, information transmission chains and action communication models based on mobile phones, SMS, blogs, Weibo, Weixin and app clients are deeply changing the traditional political ecology and the operational logic of real society. “Digital survival” in the Internet era has opened up entirely new avenues of participation in governance for the people (minqun). It has started a new model of public governance where questions are asked to government, politics is discussed and reasoned about through the Internet. At the same time, the “largest variable” of the Internet brings entirely new challenges to the ruling environment and to the methods of rule. During the Network Security and Informatization Work Symposium, General Secretary Xi Jinping stressed that: “Party institutions and leading cadres at all levels must learn to follow the mass line through the Internet, often use the Internet to understand what the masses think, collect good ideas and good suggestions, actively respond to netizens’ concerns, solve their doubts and clear-up confusion. Therefore, in the new era walking the mass line through the Internet, constantly innovating ruling ideas, ruling modes and methods, earnestly strengthening the construction of the Internet governing capability have become a strategic choice to push forward the construction of the Party’s governing capability.