Tag Archives: China

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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Internet in China and its Challenges for Europe: Dealing with Censorship, Competition and Collaboration

In August 2014 I was commissioned by the Europe-China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) to write a report on the Internet in China and its Challenges for Europe. ECRAN was funded (it ended this fall) by the European Union and aimed at strengthening European policy-makers’ understanding of developments in China and their impact on the EU and on EU-China relations. … Continue reading

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Two conferences in Beijing: Gender and communication, and ICT4D

On September 22-24 the Centre together with the Institute of Journalism and Communication at CASS organised the 5th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference on the topic of gender and communication as well as the 2nd Sino-Swedish ICT4D conference. Annika Pissin, Barbara Schulte and Marina Svensson from the Digital China project presented papers on, respectively, mummy blogs, ICT and education, … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 12th Chinese Internet Research Conference

When we argue for something on paper we like to polarise. It seems that basically any issue can be discussed controversially by identifying two opposing opinions or literature strands. Such a dialectical approach to knowledge construction suits us well because it is deeply embedded in our philosophical and hence academic understanding of the world. The 12th Chinese Internet Research Conference … Continue reading

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Digital Notes from Shanghai: On mobile phones and changes

I arrived in Shanghai last week and will in some blogs share my experiences and reflections.  This is not my first time in Shanghai as I was a student here during the period 1988-1990, i.e. before the advent of the Internet and the mobile phone. At that time many people still didn’t have a landline phone. Whenever I got a … Continue reading

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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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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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New Media, The Internet, and a Changing China: Conference Notes

Last week I attended a very interesting conference on the Chinese Internet organized by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania. The conference was entitled New Media, The Internet, and a Changing China and included presentations by scholars from different disciplines. I presented a paper in the panel on civil society, entitled Connectivity, Civic Engagement and … Continue reading

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