June 2014

Book review: Defending Rights in China

I recently made a review of Jonathan Benney’s book DEFENDING RIGHTS IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA New York: Routledge, 2013, in the journal Pacific Affairs. The book shows that the rapid diffusion and adoption of the concept of weiquan 维权 (rights defence) in no small part was due to and accompanied with the diffusion and growth of the Internet in China. Despite … Continue reading

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Notes from the Stockholm Internet Forum, II

Big data and privacy: Citizen awareness and ability to fight back One of the big topics at the conference was how the right to privacy can be reconciled with increasing capabilities for surveillance, data collection and analysis by governments and corporations. The Swedish and American government representatives, the only government representatives at the conference, were quite elusive on this point, … Continue reading

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Notes from the Stockholm Internet Forum, I

Internet discussions post-Snowden Last week I attended, for the second year, the Stockholm Internet Forum, organised by the Swedish Foreign Ministry, .SE The Internet Infrastructure Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The topic for this year’s conference was Internet — privacy, transparency, surveillance and control, which shows how the discourse on the Internet has changed post-Snowden. The topic … Continue reading

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