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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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Law in the Digital Age

At a workshop  on legal issues in China arranged by the Centre last week, I discussed how ICTs are used by legal institutions, how Chinese citizens get access to legal information on-line, and how legal debates and struggles are conducted in the digital age. In this blog I will address some of these issues. In previous blogs we have touched … Continue reading

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Investigating the Role of Mobile Phone in China’s Contentious Politics

The growing importance of mobile phones in popular protests has attracted considerable attention around the world, as an increasing number of people are appropriating their mobile devices for the mobilization of collective action and the subsequent initiation, organization, and implementation of social movements (see, for instance, the Arab Spring). The proliferation of mobile phones in China also nurtures growing mobile-phone–facilitated … Continue reading

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Are the Days of Political Techno-Optimism Over?

The 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress in November 2012 ended with a major blow for former President Hu Jintao as he could secure only one seat in the Politburo’s standing committee for his allies.  At least five members owe their promotion to an alleged force of the past; former President and Party chief Jiang Zemin, who stepped down in 2002 (read … Continue reading

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