China’s Internet Governance: Domestic Issues and Global Aspirations

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China’s Internet Governance: Domestic Issues and Global Aspirations

Day 2: 26 June 2021

Melbourne, AEST (UTC +10) | 18:15 – 19:15

Beijing, CST (UTC +8) | 16:15 – 17:15
London, BST (UTC +1) | 09:15 – 10:15
New York, EDT (UTC -4) | 04:15 – 05:15
Los Angeles, PDT (UTC -7) | 01:15 – 02:15

Altman Yuzhu Peng | Newcastle University
Lina Qu | Michigan State University
Jian Xu | Deakin University
Qian Gong | Curtin University
Wen Yin | Nanjing Forestry University
Yin Shan | Peking University
Jing Xu | Peking University
Chunmeizi Su | Queensland University of Technology
Padmapriya Vidhya-Govindarajan | New York University

Jian Xu

Florian Schneider | Leiden University


China’s internet governance is one of the most studied topics in the field of Chinese internet/digital media studies. The topic has become more urgent and important for scholarly inquiry in the last few years with an escalating ‘civilising process’ of the Chinese internet and digital media in China as well as the rising ‘Sino techlash’ overseas. The panel brings together speakers from Australia, China, UK and the US to discuss China’s internet governance. Domestically, we explore some emerging governance issues, ranging  from digital economy governance, big data governance, to the governance of live-streamers and cyber historical nihilism. Globally, we examine how Chinese digital media are governed overseas and how the Chinese global internet governance is critically debated and challenged. The panel aims to provide an up-to-date, critical and complex understanding of emerging governance issues of China’s internet and digital media from both domestic and global perspectives.


China, internet governance, digital platforms, digital economy, civilised internet, internet sovereignty, digital diplomacy


Altman Yuzhu Peng

Altman Yuzhu Peng (PhD, Newcastle University, UK) is currently a Lecturer in PR & Global Communications in the subject area of Media Culture & Heritage at Newcastle University (UK). Altman’s research interests lie at the intersections of Feminism and Media & Cultural Studies. He is currently writing a research monograph, entitled A Feminist Reading of China’s Digital Public Sphere, for Palgrave Macmillan. He has published in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Feminist Media StudiesChinese Journal of Communication, and Social Identities.

Lina Qu

Lina Qu is an Assistant Professor of Chinese at Michigan State University. She researches women’s literary and cultural production in modern China and the relationship between China’s cultural governance and its integration into the global scene of popular media culture.

Jian Xu

Jian Xu is a Senior Lecturer in Communication at Deakin University. He researches Chinese media and communication with a particular focus on digital media politics, internet governance and digital youth cultures.

Qian Gong

Qian Gong is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese at Curtin University. She researches Socialist culture in China, Chinese media and popular culture, working class identity, etc.

Wen Yin

Wen Yin is a Professor in Communication at Nanjing Forestry University, China. She researches social media and children, communication and aging.

Shan Ying

Shan Ying is a PhD candidate in the School of Journalism & Communication, Peking University, China.

Jing Xu

Jing Xu is a Professor in the the School of Journalism & Communication, Peking University, China. She researches media politics, public opinion and health communication.

Chunmeizi Su

Chunmeizi Su obtained her PhD from the School of Communication at the Queensland University of Technology. She is currently working as a Research Assistant at the University of Sydney. Her research interests are mainly focused on digital media, Chinese internet companies, screen industry studies, and cultural soft power.

Padmapriya Vidhya-Govindarajan

Padmapriya is a PhD student in the Department of Media, Culture & Communication at New York University. Her research interests include representations of the Chinese state on the internet and in international platforms, and a comparative study of state-society relationships in India and China.

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