Censorship, Resistance, and Political Discourses in China's Cyberspace
Event Sponsored by the 21st Century China Program at the UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (PST)
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm
Location: UC San Diego, IR/PS, Room 3201
Open to: Public
Speaker: Xiao Qiang, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Information, UC Berkeley
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.
Co-sponsored with China Focus