Tag Archives: microblogging

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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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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The Latest Internet Crackdown

We have in previous blogs (see here, here, and here) discussed how the Chinese government tries to both use and control new information and communication technologies. With some 500 million users weibo has since 2009 developed into an important site for Chinese citizens to share news, debate hot topics, and network, and as such a site that the government keeps … Continue reading

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Notes from the June 14 ICA 2013 Preconference “China and the New Internet World”

Today I and some of my colleagues from Lund’s Digital China Project have attended the ICA 2013 Preconference “China and the New Internet World” in Oxford, UK, addressing several questions around the impact of the Internet on China, and of China on the Internet. As pointed out in the introductory panel, not only the number of Chinese Internet users is … Continue reading

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The Sprayers of the World Wide Web – or about Fighting Surrogate Battles

Some weeks ago, Karl had a blog here about the right to be forgotten and the dilemma one faces when transplanting this right into the digital age: things, once in the World Wide Web, remain glued to the digital collective memory – substantiated claims and little jokes alike. Graffiti (in the real world) often works the other way round – … 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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United or Divided by the Internet? The Annual Report on Chinese Internet Usage (2012)

Last month, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) published its annual report on Internet usage in China for the year 2012. It reports a total number of 564 million users. This means that 42% of the Chinese population are by now using the Internet – up from 8.5% in 2005. The mere number of webpages is stunning: there are … 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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The latest about microblogging (weibo) in China

China is a very exciting but contradictory place when it comes to the development and impact of ICT on society and the economy. Take for example the case of microblogs/weibo 微博. I recently wrote an article (in Swedish) entitled “Public debates, activism and charity on microblogs/weibo in China” trying to summarise developments, profile of users, patterns of use, and how censorship … Continue reading

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