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Censorship, Resistance, and Political Discourses in China's Cyberspace

21st Century China Event

01/22/2013, 05:00pm-06:30pm
Location: UC San Diego, IR/PS, Room 3201
Open to: Public
Event email: 21china@ucsd.edu

Speaker: Xiao Qiang, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Information, UC Berkeley

Registration is required

In recent years, Chinese netizens have shown they possess boundless creativity and ingenuity in finding ways to express themselves despite government restrictions on online speech.  Social media, in particular weibo, the Chinese version of twitter, has become the primary agenda-setter for media and contested platform of different political discourses.  What are the patterns of the government Internet censorship? What is the significance of Chinese netizens’ creative and surprising attempts to circumvent and subvert  such censorship?  Are new forms of networked communication enhancing opportunities for social change and helping to move China toward a “threshold” for political transformation? Professor Qiang will discuss these questions based on his experience as the Founder and Chief Editor of China Digital Times in past nine years.

Xiao Qiang 萧强 is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, a bi-lingual China news website, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Information, UC Berkeley.  He is also a visiting researcher and Principle Investigator of Counter-Power Lab at the School of Information, University of California at Berkeley.

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