Cloud Activism in Chinese cyberspace


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Xiao Qiang's presentation at The Ars Electronica Symposium on Cloud Intelligence.

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  • Selling your ideas is challenging. First, you must get your listeners to agree with you in principle. Then, you must move them to action. Use the Dale Carnegie Training® Evidence – Action – Benefit formula, and you will deliver a motivational, action-oriented presentation. 20-30 minutes + Q & A for general public China now has the most Internet users in the world. With the country's rising economic influence and one-party monopoly of political power, Professor Xiao will explore how the Internet is changing China, and what exactly is being changed.
  • (Xinhua, Feb. 2008)
  • "The main function of Jingjing and Chacha is to intimidate, not to answer questions. ...... The Internet has been always monitored by police, the significance of Jingjing and Chacha's appearence is to publicly remind all netizens to be conscious of safe and healthy use of the Internet, self-regulate their online behavior, and maintain harmonious Internet order together. - Chinese E-governance site
  • legitimacy of the Party-state When violence being used, legitimacy is bankrupt and needs to be rebuilt. 64 is a “absolute event” in this sense.
  • the Internet has became a quasi-public space where the CCP’s dominance is being exposed, ridiculed, and criticized, often in the form of political satire, jokes, songs, popular poetry, coded words, mockery, and euphemisms, much like those “hidden transcripts,” that political scientist James Scott identified in studying how power distorts communications in societies where punishment is uncertain, arbitrary and depends on constant surveillance In Chinese, the word "to harmonize" ( hexie ) is a homonym of the word for "river crab," and a crab in folk language also refers to bullies with violent power. So the image of a crab has become a new satirical, politically-charged icon for the netizens who are fed up with government censorship and who now call themselves the River Crab Society. Photos of a malicious crab are traveling through the blogosphere as a silent protest under the virtual noses of the new cyber-police officers. Even on the most vigorously self-censored Chinese search engine,, a search of the phrase "River Crab Society" will result in 101,000 posts or articles. ----------
  • Cloud Activism in Chinese cyberspace

    1. 1. Cloud Activism in Chinese Cyberspace <ul><li>Xiao Qiang </li></ul><ul><li>Founder and Chief Editor, China Digital Times </li></ul><ul><li>Adjunct Professor, The Graduate School of Journalism University of California at Berkeley </li></ul>
    2. 2. 565 Million Mobile Phones
    3. 3. JingJing ChaCha * Digital Panopticon
    4. 4. Text “ June 4th”: the “absolute event”
    5. 5. Text <ul><li>When violence being used, legitimacy is bankrupt and needs to be rebuilt </li></ul>
    6. 12. Ai Weiwei
    7. 14. Thank You, Ars Electronica!