Author Archives: Marina Svensson

The Digital China project is hosting Professor Hu Yong, Peking University

From 23 August to 30 September the Digital China project is hosting Professor Hu Yong. Hu Yong is a professor of journalism and communication, Peking University, and a leading scholar on the Chinese Internet. During his stay Professor will give a guest lecture on 28 September entitled “Yuqing (public sentiment): A Native Chinese Concept and Its Practice.”

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Surveillance and Art

Interrogating and debating surveillance and its impact on society is not the prerogative of scholars and activists. A number of artists have over the years engaged with issues related to surveillance and produced remarkable works that investigate, expose and illustrate the extent and depth of surveillance in society today. Many artists are themselves using surveillance technologies, for example footage from … Continue reading

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Conference paper at CIRC: Heritage and social media in China

I just attended the 14th Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC), which also was a post-conference to the 2016 International Communication Association (ICA). This year the conference was held at Fudan University, Shanghai. The conference offered an opportunity to get an overview of current research, new hot topics, and both theoretical and methodological discussions. I presented a paper that combined my … Continue reading

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Paper presentation: The Networked China Researcher

I have just attended the conference Digital Disruption in Asia: Methods and Issues at KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden. The workshop brought together a number of scholars to discuss both digital methods and the impact of digital technologies on Asian societies.   I presented a paper that discussed my own experiences and thoughts on social media … Continue reading

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Workshop 2-3 May: Scholars, activists and filmmakers

This workshop brings together scholars, activists and filmmakers from Asia and beyond. The participants will discuss their different views of and experiences with film, including using films as a research tool, documenting and engaging with social issues, developments and injustices in and through film, and appropriating film as a form of witnessing and activism. At the workshop we will screen … Continue reading

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China’s growing E-commerce hitting the countryside: Nongcun Taobao

China is not only the world’s biggest Internet nation in terms of absolute numbers of Internet users, it is also a huge market for e-commerce. According to Nielsen there are 380 million online shoppers and online sales contribute to 11% of total retail sales. The spread of smartphones is helping this trend, and in 2015 71% of urban online shopper … Continue reading

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Workshop 3 March: Visions, Resistance and Possibilities for Empowerment

At this workshop three project members from the Digital China research group and one affiliated researcher will present their work. They will discuss various aspects of the Chinese government’s underlying vision and strategy but also address possibilities and processes of resistance and empowerment among different group of citizens made possible through ICTs. Svensson will address both the top-down and bottom-up … Continue reading

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Lecture 16 February: The Internet and Human Rights in China

Marina Svensson has been invited to give a lecture at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Oslo. The lecture is entitled The Internet and Human Rights in China: Official visions and grassroots resistance and will take place 9-10.30 on 16 February.

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Digital China — Visions, Negotiations and Experiences

Barbara Schulte and Marina Svensson presented the project at a seminar arranged by the Asian Dynamics Initiative at Copenhagen University on 27 November. The presentation also addressed the Chinese government’s underlying ideology, strategy, and vision in the field of ICT, and how ICTs are envisioned and experienced among other actors such as different group of individuals, civil society organizations, and … Continue reading

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