China’s globalizing internet: Towards future politics of the cybersphere

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Keynote 1 | China’s globalizing internet: Towards future politics of the cybersphere

Day 1: 25 June 2021

Melbourne, AEST (UTC +10) | 10:10 – 11:30

Beijing, CST (UTC +8) | 08:10 – 09:30
London, BST (UTC +1) | 01:10 – 02:30
New York, EDT (UTC -4) | (24 June)20:10 – 21:30
Los Angeles, PDT (UTC -7) | (24 June) 17:10 – 18:30

Yu Hong | Zhejiang University

Hong Shen | Carnegie Mellon University
Peter Yu | Texas A&M University
Michael Keane | Queensland University of Technology
Min Tang | University of Washington Bothell

Haiqing Yu | RMIT University


The ascent of China has invited a debate about how it “conditions” the US-led globalism— a debate that is increasingly linked with the broader transition thesis. Just as important, transition studies should heed networking and digitization, or an emergent assemblage of the cybersphere, as the focal disagreement space that spurs discursive and political-economic practices and, thereby, animate transition or entrenchment. By traversing texts and key political-economic sites and processes, this talk will address the potential and limit of the future-oriented cybersphere projects in interrupting, re-directing, or impacting the global order.

Further readings

Yu Hong & Eric Harwit (2020) China’s globalizing internet: history, power, and governance, Chinese Journal of Communication, 13:1, 1-7, DOI: 10.1080/17544750.2020.1722903

Daya Kishan Thussu (2021) BRICS de-Americanizing the internet?, in BRICS Media: Reshaping the Global Communication Order?, eds. Daya Kishan Thussu and Kaarle Nordenstreng. Routledge.

Keynote speaker

Yu Hong


Yu Hong is Professor of Communication, Zhejiang University. She is director of ZJU Institute of Communication Research and vice director of ZJU Research Center on Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication. Hong got her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on ICT development, Internet and media policy, and digital capitalism, with a regional focus on China.

Yu Hong is the author of two books, among many academic journal articles and book chapters. Her first book, Labor, Class Formation and China’s Informationized Policy of Economic Development, investigated working-class formation as an important dimension of the entry of China, first and foremost as a downstream ICT manufacturing powerhouse, into the global digital economy. Her second book, Networking China: The Digital Transformation of the Chinese Economy analyzes the central role of information, communications, and culture in Chinese-style capitalism.

Hong Shen


Hong Shen is a Systems Scientist at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research primarily focuses on: 1. Social and Policy Implications of Emerging Technologies, and 2. Global Internet Industry and Policy. Hong is interested in exploring the social, ethical and policy dimensions of emerging digital technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She is working on a book project on the policy and political economy of China’s outward expansion in global cyberspace. Based on her PhD dissertation, it examines the multifaceted interactions between China and the global internet in the past three decades, especially China’s outward cyber expansion, or the “going out” program that has gained momentum since the mid-2000s, and explores the changing social class relations that accompany and shape this new movement.

Peter Yu


Peter K. Yu is Regents Professor of Law and Communication and Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University. He previously held the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake University Law School and was Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China. He served as a visiting professor of law at Bocconi University, Hanken School of Economics, Hokkaido University, the University of Haifa, the University of Helsinki, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Strasbourg and Washington and Lee University. He also founded the nationally renowned Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program at Michigan State University, at which he held faculty appointments in law, communication arts and sciences, and Asian studies.

Michael Keane


Michael Keane is an independent scholar and adjunct Professor at QUT in the Digital Media Research Centre.

Min Tang


Min Tang is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell. She holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A critical political economy scholar, Dr. Tang studies how capitalist relations and power structures shape the provision system of communication and information in our society. Her current work examines information communication technologies (ICTs) as emerging sites of capitalist reproduction, power negotiations, policy debates and geopolitical rivalries, with a focus on China in relation to global political economy. She is the author of Tencent: The Political Economy of China’s Surging Internet Giant (Routledge, 2019). Her work can also be found on Chinese Journal of Communication and International Journal of Communication.

Haiqing Yu


Haiqing Yu is a critical media studies scholar with expertise on Chinese digital media, communication and culture and their sociopolitical and cultural impact in China, Australia and the Asia Pacific. She is currently a Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University, Australia.

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