Cyber Sovereignty: Cutting Both Ways

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Keynote 2 | Cyber Sovereignty: Cutting Both Ways

Day 2: 26 June 2021

Melbourne, AEST (UTC +10) | 19:30 – 21:00

Beijing, CST (UTC +8) | 17:30 – 19:00
London, BST (UTC +1) | 10:30 -12:00
New York, EDT (UTC -4) | 07:30 – 09:00
Los Angeles, PDT (UTC -7) | 05:30 – 07:00

Rogier Creemers | Leiden University

Jack Qiu | National University of Singapore
Florian Schneider | Leiden University
Nina Li | Monash University
Daya Thussu | Tsinghua University

Haiqing Yu | RMIT University


For decades, China has put sovereignty at the core of its approach to global digital governance. It defined this as the right to regulate its own cyberspace and decide on its own development path. Previously, this stance conflicted with the free and open approach to cyber affairs espoused by Western, “like-minded” governments. However, these are now increasingly coming to advocate in favour of sovereignty in rhetoric, and act accordingly in practice. The proliferation of sovereignty-based measures and practices will have a major impact on global digital processes, ranging from supply and production chains to content regulation and data flows. This keynote will assess those consequences from the Chinese perspective, paying particular attention to the ways in which a Chinese-originated idea may well come to work against it.

Further readings:

Academic chapter: [PDF]
Policy paper:’s+Approach+to+Cyber+Sovereignty.pdf/2c6916a6-164c-fb0c-4e29-f933f472ac3f?version=1.0&t=1606143361537

Further readings: Chinese policy docs (translation)

Keynote speaker

Rogier Creemers

Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese Studies
Leiden University


Rogier Creemers is an Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese Studies. With a background in Sinology and Relations, and a PhD in Law, his research focuses on Chinese domestic digital technology policy, as well as China’s growing importance in global digital affairs. He is the principal investigator of the NWO Vidi Project “The Smart State: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and the Law in China”. For the Leiden Asia Centre, he directs a project on China and global cybersecurity, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also a co-founder of DigiChina, a joint initiative with Stanford University and New America.

Jack Qiu


Jack Linchuan Qiu is professor and research director in the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. Before relocating to Singapore, he was a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2004 to 2020.

He works on issues of digital media and social change in relation to labor, class, globalization, and sustainability, especially in the contexts of Asia and the Global South. He has published more than 100 research articles and chapters and 10 books in both English and Chinese including Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition (U of Illinois Press, 2016), World Factory in the Information Age (Guangxi Normal U Press, 2013), and Working-Class Network Society (MIT Press, 2009). His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. ​

Jack is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA) and a recipient of the C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy. He also serves as the President of the Chinese Communication Association (CCA).

Florian Schneider


Florian Schneider‘s research interests include questions of governance and public administration in the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, political communication strategies and political content of popular Chinese entertainment, recent Chinese economic developments, as well as Chinese foreign policy. He is also managing editor of the academic journal ‘Asiascape: Digital Asia’

Nina Li


Luzhou (Nina) Li is a lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University, Australia. Her research focuses on digital media studies, global media industries, media policy, political economy and media history, and Chinese media. She is the author of Zoning China: Online Video, Popular Culture, and the State (MIT Press, 2019). Her work has also appeared in journals such as Media, Culture & Society, Television & New Media, International Journal of Cultural Studies, and International Journal of Communication. Currently, she holds an early career research fellowship from the Australian Research Council to study Chinese social media platforms and platform governance.  Nina received her PhD in Communications and Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015.

Daya Thussu


Daya Thussu is Professor of International Communication. He was Visiting Professor and inaugural Disney Chair in Global Media at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University in Beijing. For many years he was Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre as well as research advisor to the China Media Centre at the University of Westminster in London. With a PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, he worked as a journalist both in India and the UK, for the Press Trust of India, the country’s national news agency and at the Gemini News Service as Associate Editor. 

He is the Founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication. Author or editor of 18 books, among his main publications are: Electronic Empires (Arnold: 1998); International Communication – Continuity and Change, third edition (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019); Media on the Move – Global Flow and Contra-flow (Routledge: 2007); News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment (Sage: 2007); Internationalizing Media Studies (Routledge: 2009); Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (Sage: 2012, co-edited with Des Freedman); Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (Palgrave, 2013/Sage, 2016); Mapping BRICS Media (Routledge: 2015, co-edited with Kaarle Nordenstreng) and China’s Media Go Global (Routledge, 2018, co-edited with Hugo de-Burgh and Shi Anbin)

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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