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UPF and ACE Panel Debate – Digital China

September 26, 2018 - 19:00-20:30

By the end of 2017, the number of China Internet users totalled 772 million, with a penetration rate of 55.8%. The Chinese government has embarked on a comprehensive strategy of applying information and communication technologies (ICT) and big data solutions in different realms, including governance and commerce. China has also become a leader in developing artificial intelligence (AI) and different surveillance technologies (for example facial recognition technologies). How should we understand the Chinese puzzle, where rapid informatisation, digitisation, and innovation in ICTs are the result of both heavy state investment and rapid market developments that co-exist with censorship and a lack of freedom of expression? What are the implications for the rest of the world and global Internet governance? What are the views on the ground and how do Chinese people actually use ICTs? This panel debate brings together scholars from different fields for a discussion on the visions, practices, and dynamics of digital China.
Marina Svensson is Professor of Modern China Studies and the director of the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. Her research spans a range of topics related to contemporary Chinese society, and she is currently the lead of a VR-funded project on Digital China.

Daniela Stockmann is Professor of Digital Politics and Media at the Hertie School, Berlin. Her current research, funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council, explores the impact of the technological design of social media platforms on user behaviour regarding politics.

Samuel Wade is Deputy Editor of China Digital Times, an independent, bilingual media organisation that brings uncensored news and online voices from China to the world.

Yujie Chen is a Lecturer in Digital Media and Communication in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester. Her research examines new technologies and digital labour issues.

Nicholas Loubere an Associate Senior Lecturer in the Study of Modern China at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. He researches rural development in contemporary China, with a focus on microcredit and digital finance.


Free entrance for all UPF members
Students: 40 SEK
Non-students: 50 SEK


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UPF and ACE Panel Debate – Digital China


September 26, 2018


UPF Lund – The Association of Foreign Affairs


Statsvidenskabliga Institutionen
Paradisgatan 5H, Eden
Lund, Sweden
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