Jane Wangjia Yan, educated in the University of Pennsylvania, becomes the new chief of the Great FireWall, succeeding Mr.Fang Binxing. Rumor has it that Fang was sacked because of his involvement in a coup conspiracy.
Yan is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC, roughly corresponding to the Senate, or Upper House).
Yan is the founder and CEO of Venusinfo Technology Ltd since 1996. Yan's official resume claimed she earned a PhD in Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania in 2006. However, many of the propaganda materials released by the official news agencies described she studied at the Wharton School. It is not clear why or how Wharton, a business school, awarded a PhD in Computer Science to Yan.
According to propaganda materials, after graduating from Temple University with a Master's Degree in Computer Science, Yan went on graduate study U Penn under Dr. Moore. 21 years old, she became the head of the Analyst Group, and operates the Wharton Computer Center. Her responsibility include "planning, management of the entire business school network, hardware and software acquisition, data and system security, business data transmission encryption, and networking and communications around the world over various security measures and heterogeneous platforms."
Yan's successful company with ties to the State Information Control Center hosted many important guests. President Jiang Zemin visited Yan's company in 2000. President Hu Jintao visited in 2003.
Yan likes jade. She filled her office with pieces of jade. She looks beautiful. Thanks to this western educated, good looking southern woman, 1.3 billion Chinese were kept in digital darkness behind the Great FireWall of China.