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Networked Authoritarianism:

China in the Digital Age
Funded by the Swedish Research Council (2013-2017, 2012-5630)

This interdisciplinary project aims to unpack the many dimensions and paradoxes of networked authoritarianism and the impact of ICTs on Chinese society.

Our premise is a socio-constructivist understanding of technological developments that emphasize social processes, power relations, and agency among ICT producers, regulators, and users. ICT development, in other words, is not a zero-sum game, but the state and society can be empowered in different areas, to different extents, and with different consequences.

The project studies the complex negotiations that take place between individuals, different groups of people, companies, and the Chinese state at different levels and in different areas; the processes through which ICTs are developed and embedded into society; how both domestic and global forces are shaping the development of ICTs in China; and how and to what extent ICTs in their turn are shaping the Chinese society and the state, as well as state-society relations. The project members come from different disciplines and will study different areas within their expertise, such as education, the economy, media and communication, governance, and ICT industries.

 

Project homepage: http://www.ace.lu.se/research/research-clusters-and-research-projects/digital-china

 

 

 

 

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Lund University
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