At the turn of the millennium, former US president Bill Clinton declared that China's effort to censor the internet was akin to “nailing jello to the wall”.
“China has been trying to crack down on the internet — good luck!” Mr Clinton said to cackles and laughter while celebrating the potential of what was then a nascent internet.
But in the 19 years since that speech, the internet hasn't exactly developed in the ways Mr Clinton envisioned: its potential to influence political emancipation has been demonstrably limited, while Beijing has managed to pull off one of the largest internet censorship regimes on the planet.
Internet development mostly beneficial, experts say
Experts and international organization representatives discussed their understanding of internet development at a forum on Sunday during the sixth World Internet Conference.