January 2013

Is authoritarianism per se an obstacle to innovation?

One of the themes that is at the centre stage in the digital China project is innovation. The topic is both intriguing and paradoxical in the Chinese context. Just doing a quick and unscientific Google search on innovation in China we find a polarization of opinions. On the one hand there is a collective praise of the current developments and … Continue reading

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Are the Days of Political Techno-Optimism Over?

The 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress in November 2012 ended with a major blow for former President Hu Jintao as he could secure only one seat in the Politburo’s standing committee for his allies.  At least five members owe their promotion to an alleged force of the past; former President and Party chief Jiang Zemin, who stepped down in 2002 (read … Continue reading

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