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The Chinese Internet:

Uptown Campus
Newcomb Hall

Featuring Dr. Min Jiang

China went online 1994. By 2018, China had an internet population of 770 million. Chinese Internet giants – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (known as BAT) – are among the world’s top 10 Internet companies, rivaling their Western counterparts such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook. New initiatives such as “Internet Plus” and “Digital Silk Road” further exemplify the current administration’s technological ambitions, prompting some to predict a bifurcation of the Internet with one part led the U.S. and the other part led by China. This lecture offers a 25-year retrospective on the evolution of the Chinese Internet, discussing important issues including digital censorship, propaganda, commercialization, activism, civility and Internet governance. Min Jiang (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Communication at UNC Charlotte, a secretariat member of the annual international Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) and Associate Editor at Sage journal Communication & The Public. She is also currently a CyberBRICS Fellow (hosted by FGV Law School, Rio de Janeiro) conducting research on data protection and cybersecurity policies in China and across BRICS countries. Her research focuses on Chinese Internet technologies (search engine, social media, big data), politics (digital activism, online political satire, diplomacy), business (Chinese Internet giants, business ethics), and policies (real name registration, privacy). She has co-edited 3 special journal issues and published over 30 journal articles and book chapters on the Chinese Internet, some of which have appeared in Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Information, Communication & Society, International Journal of Communication, International Communication Gazette, and Policy & Internet. Media outlets including Reuters, Deutsche Welle, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, The New Scientist, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Al Jazeera English have interviewed her for her work. She was born and raised in China. Prior to pursing her doctor’s degree in the U.S., she had worked at China Central Television (CCTV) and Kill Bill I in her native country China. Dr. Jiang received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Beijing Foreign Studies University and her Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Communication DepartmentSchool of Liberal Arts