Tag Archives: China

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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Big Data Here We Come!

When we put together the program for our workshop “Big Data, Privacy and Surveillance in China: Regulations, Actors, and Debates” we found it quite difficult to identify scholars that work on the matter from a critical perspective. Some we knew from conferences and through various networks. We then did the usual thing – Internet research, article review, and snowballing. A … Continue reading

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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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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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Notes from Internet Days, 23-24 November

I have just attended the annual Internet Days in Stockholm. The event is organized by IIS (The Internet Foundation In Sweden), which is an independent organization working to promote Internet development in Sweden. The organization is responsible for Sweden’s top-level domain .se (and also .nu), registration of domain names, and the administration and technical maintenance of the national domain-name registry. … 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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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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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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