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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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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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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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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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