Author Archives: Barbara Schulte

About Barbara Schulte

Barbara Schulte is Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Lund University

Bringing politics back in: New technologies, teaching/learning and political power in Chinese classrooms

Abstract for my paper at this year’s CIES conference: There is a vast global market of information and communication technologies to be used for educational purposes (ICT4E), both inside and beyond formal schooling. Both the products on offer and the large bulk of academic literature and strategic documents concerned with ICT4E tend to look at these technologies as providing simple … Continue reading

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Brief lecture on the digital society: empowerment, control, and digital literacy

Lund University’s Department of Sociology has just published a video in which I give a brief lecture on the digital society (in Swedish). Below I’m sharing the English translation of my manuscript. Digital media are everywhere. We exchange and share text, sounds, and images with each other – on our mobile phones, computers, and tablets. We buy things online. We … Continue reading

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Digital youth: risks and opportunities

This year’s Journal of Youth Studies Conference hosted a number of presenters who addressed youth and the digital world from a risk/opportunity perspective. Digital media, and in particular social networking platforms have proven to be opportune tools when contacting and communicating with youth, for example in youth work. (Look e.g. at these guidelines, which talk of “golden opportunities.) However, as … Continue reading

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Politically intended vulnerabilities: Chinese youth as target of ICT policies in education

Conference paper presented at the Journal of Youth Studies Conference, Contemporary Youth, Contemporary Risk on March 30, 2015 (Copenhagen) Official policies, academic discussions and public debates frequently address the potential risks and dangers of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) among children and youth. At the same time, however, digital policies in education create themselves new vulnerabilities for … Continue reading

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Digital bits and pieces after five days in Beijing

It is Saturday afternoon, and I’m invited over to my friend’s place on the outskirts of Beijing. During the long ride on the subway, I have ample time to follow my seat neighbors’ conversations on WeChat, by simply, physically, spying on them. The girl to my right, using an alphabetic input method, is obviously much faster in sending off her … Continue reading

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The “Sent-Down” Internet: New Publications Out!

The Chinese Journal of Communication has recently published a special issue on “The Sent-Down Internet: Using Information and Communication Technologies in Rural China”, which assembles four research articles and one round-table discussion on the diffusion, appropriation and use of new technologies in rural China. All articles are highly critical of the fact that investigating the Chinese Internet, both in terms … Continue reading

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ICT4D/E – or back to/towards the basics?

There is a whole range of underpinnings to the ICT4D/E movement (Information and Communication Technologies for Development/Education) – if one wants to use the term ‘movement’ here. One that is frequently stressed particularly by NGOs and development agencies is the idea of empowerment – or as Jens Karberg from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) put it at our conference on … Continue reading

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Empowerment from above, development from below, or something in between? ICT4D (ICT for Development) in China (upcoming conference)

In a recent blog, Marina has pointed to our upcoming conference on “ICT for Development (ICT4D) in China: Digital divides, empowerment strategies, and development discourses”, to take place here in Lund on October 3-4. I would like to draw attention to the last two words of the conference theme – “development discourses”. ‘Empowerment’, ‘development’ and ‘participation’ have, sadly enough, become … Continue reading

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Notes from the June 14 ICA 2013 Preconference “China and the New Internet World”

Today I and some of my colleagues from Lund’s Digital China Project have attended the ICA 2013 Preconference “China and the New Internet World” in Oxford, UK, addressing several questions around the impact of the Internet on China, and of China on the Internet. As pointed out in the introductory panel, not only the number of Chinese Internet users is … Continue reading

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The Sprayers of the World Wide Web – or about Fighting Surrogate Battles

Some weeks ago, Karl had a blog here about the right to be forgotten and the dilemma one faces when transplanting this right into the digital age: things, once in the World Wide Web, remain glued to the digital collective memory – substantiated claims and little jokes alike. Graffiti (in the real world) often works the other way round – … Continue reading

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