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Conference news: Digital Culture and Society: Chinese and European Developments

On October 19-20, 2017, Stefan Brehm, Barbara Schulte and Marina Svensson attended the conference Digital Culture and Society: Chinese and European Developments held at the Nordic Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai. Stefan’s presentation was entitled Let’s talk! Are online stakeholder dialogues empowering Chinese citizens? Abstract Chinese citizens articulate demands and voice grievances in social media; they organise resistance, reach out for … 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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Stockholm Internet Forum 2015: Gender and ICT

I had the privilege to attend the Stockholm Internet Forum again the other week. This was the fourth time the event was held (read my blogs from 2013 and from 2014 here and here). This year the theme was access with a special emphasis on gender equality. Women in many countries seem to be less likely to use the Internet, … Continue reading

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The Chinese Internet in 2014

The beginning of a new year is a good time to look back and reflect upon important events and developments during the past year. Not surprisingly 2014 was an eventful year that kept us doing research on the Chinese Internet on our toes trying to keep up with events, and to understand and analyse their implications. What follows is an … 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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WeChat: The first Chinese social media product with a global appeal

I began using WeChat 微信 in April this year, again like in 2010 when I started to use weibo, because Chinese friends and colleagues were all using it, and I felt the pressure to start using it in order to connect with friends and stay updated. Already in February, Techinasia claimed that 2013 would be WeChat’s year and so it … Continue reading

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