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China’s “360-degree” Digital Governance and Information Operation: An update
November 27, 2019 - 13:00-14:30
Talk by Dr. Kingwa Fu, Associate Professor, Hong Kong University. This is the third and final lecture in the Frontier Seminar Series: “An interdisciplinary approach to digital threats”.
China under President Xi Jingping is known to have been tightening information control over a variety of social dimensions, from civil society, international NGO, mass media, Internet, to the social media. The impact of the series of restrictions have been gradually extending from political speech and call for collective action messages to seemingly less confrontational areas, such as entertainment and creative industries, business and commerce as well as the deployment of “social credit.”
Chinese authorities also impose aggressively its propaganda machine to further manipulate public opinion locally and internationally. The new regime has been recently called “digital totalitarianism” or “digital Leninism.” This talk will give an update of the current situation, introduce our research project Weiboscope/Wechatscope, and put forward the arguments why the global society has to investigate China’s digital governance and information operation.
Dr. King-wa FU is an Associate Professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), The University of Hong Kong. His research interests cover information control policy in China, political participation and media use, computational social sciences, health and the media, and younger generation’s Internet use. He is a visiting Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab and Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Senior Research Scholar in 2016-2017. He has a PhD from the JMSC, a master’s degree in Social Sciences and a MPhil in Engineering. He was a journalist at the Hong Kong Economic Journal before turning academia. Read his online CV.