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Surveillance and Art

Interrogating and debating surveillance and its impact on society is not the prerogative of scholars and activists. A number of artists have over the years engaged with issues related to surveillance and produced remarkable works that investigate, expose and illustrate the extent and depth of surveillance in society today. Many artists are themselves using surveillance technologies, for example footage from … Continue reading

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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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Brief lecture on the digital society: empowerment, control, and digital literacy

Lund University’s Department of Sociology has just published a video in which I give a brief lecture on the digital society (in Swedish). Below I’m sharing the English translation of my manuscript. Digital media are everywhere. We exchange and share text, sounds, and images with each other – on our mobile phones, computers, and tablets. We buy things online. We … 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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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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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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Further notes from China and the New Internet World conferences in Oxford 14-15 June, 2013

As Barbara Schulte earlier wrote on this blog, several of us from the Digital China group attended the China and the New Internet World conferences in Oxford last week. It was a good opportunity to meet many of the scholars working in the field, listen to current debates, and be updated on recent research. Scholars from different disciplines discussed a … 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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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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