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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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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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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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