Tricia Wang on Talking to Strangers: Chinese Youth and Social Media

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When we read about the Chinese internet in the Western press, we usually hear stories about censorship, political repression, and instability. But Chinese youth are actually sharing information and socializing with strangers online much more than those in the West suspect, finding ways to semi-anonymously connect to each other and establish a web of casual trust that extends beyond particularistic guanxi ties and authoritarian institutions.

In this talk, Tricia Wang — visiting scholar at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Berkman Fellow — argues that the activity of Chinese youth online reflects a new form of sociality: an Elastic Self, a new sociality which is laying the groundwork for a public sphere to emerge from ties primarily based on friendship and interactions founded on a casual web of public trust.

More links for Tricia:

  • @triciawang
  • Tricia Wang’s website
  • Tricia’s blog: Ethnography Matters
  • Willow Brugh’s VizThink of Tricia’s Presentation


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  • Tricia Wang on Talking to Strangers: Chinese Youth and Social Media [AUDIO]

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    When we read about the Chinese internet in the Western press, we usually hear stories about censorship, political repression, and instability. But Chinese youth are actually sharing information and socializing with strangers online much more than those in the West suspect, finding ways to semi-anonymously connect to each other and establish a web of casual trust that extends beyond particularistic guanxi ties and authoritarian institutions.

    In this talk, Tricia Wang — visiting scholar at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Berkman Fellow — argues that the activity of Chinese youth online reflects a new form of sociality: an Elastic Self, a new sociality which is laying the groundwork for a public sphere to emerge from ties primarily based on friendship and interactions founded on a casual web of public trust.

    More links for Tricia:

  • @triciawang
  • Tricia Wang’s website
  • Tricia’s blog: Ethnography Matters
  • Willow Brugh’s VizThink of Tricia’s Presentation

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  • Defending an Unowned Internet: Opportunities for Technology, Policy, and Corporations

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    In the wake of the disclosures about government surveillance and the rise of corporate-run applications and protocols, is the idea of an “unowned” Internet still a credible one? The Berkman Center’s Jonathan Zittrain moderates a panel, including Yochai Benkler — Harvard Law School — Ebele Okobi — Yahoo! — Bruce Schneier — CO3 Systems — and Benjamin Wittes — Brookings Institution to explore surveillance, and the potential for reforms in policy, technology, and corporate and consumer behavior.


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    Defending an Unowned Internet: Opportunities for Technology, Policy, and Corporations [AUDIO]

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    In the wake of the disclosures about government surveillance and the rise of corporate-run applications and protocols, is the idea of an “unowned” Internet still a credible one? The Berkman Center’s Jonathan Zittrain moderates a panel, including Yochai Benkler — Harvard Law School — Ebele Okobi — Yahoo! — Bruce Schneier — CO3 Systems — and Benjamin Wittes — Brookings Institution to explore surveillance, and the potential for reforms in policy, technology, and corporate and consumer behavior.

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    Veni Markovski on 2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean for the Internet As We Know It?

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    In October, President of Brazil Dilma Roussef announced a high-level meeting on Internet governance to be held in April in Rio de Janeiro. ITU will have not one, not two, but three international meetings, and will be tackling Internet issues.

    As governments initiate talks about policies with regards to who controls the Internet, Veni Markovski — the ICANN vice-president for Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe – explores how the 2014 landscape of Internet governance may change.

    Read more about Veni here and here.


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    Veni Markovski on 2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean for the Internet As We Know It? [AUDIO]

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    In October, President of Brazil Dilma Roussef announced a high-level meeting on Internet governance to be held in April in Rio de Janeiro. ITU will have not one, not two, but three international meetings, and will be tackling Internet issues.

    As governments initiate talks about policies with regards to who controls the Internet, Veni Markovski — the ICANN vice-president for Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe – explores how the 2014 landscape of Internet governance may change.

    Read more about Veni here and here.

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    Margot Kaminski on Robotic Surveillance: Authorship or Intrusion?

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    As the use of robotic technology expands private third-party surveillance will also expand to new locations and scenarios. Is it possible — or desirable — to craft meaningful laws or guidelines before widespread private adoption of robots?

    In this talk Margot E. Kaminski — Research Scholar in Law, Executive Director of the Information Society Project, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School — explores how the pending increase in robotic surveillance poses new questions for U.S. privacy law, and the extents to which robotic surveillance will be necessary, superfluous, or deliberately intrusive.


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    Margot Kaminski on Robotic Surveillance: Authorship or Intrusion? [AUDIO]

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    As the use of robotic technology expands private third-party surveillance will also expand to new locations and scenarios. Is it possible — or desirable — to craft meaningful laws or guidelines before widespread private adoption of robots?

    In this talk Margot E. Kaminski — Research Scholar in Law, Executive Director of the Information Society Project, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School — explores how the pending increase in robotic surveillance poses new questions for U.S. privacy law, and the extents to which robotic surveillance will be necessary, superfluous, or deliberately intrusive.

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    Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw on Internet Skills and Wikipedia’s Gender Inequality

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    Although women are just as likely as men to read Wikipedia, they only represent an estimated 16% of global Wikipedia editors and 23% of U.S. adult Wikipedia editors.

    In this talk, Eszter Hargittai — Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, and Aaron Shaw — Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University — discuss findings from their recent study of both Wikipedia contributors and non-contributors showing that the gender gap in editing is exacerbated by a similarly important Internet skills gap. They suggest efforts ways of overcoming the gender gap in Wikipedia contributions by addressing the Web-use skills gap, and paths for future research.


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    Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw on Internet Skills and Wikipedia’s Gender Inequality [AUDIO]

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    Although women are just as likely as men to read Wikipedia, they only represent an estimated 16% of global Wikipedia editors and 23% of U.S. adult Wikipedia editors.

    In this talk, Eszter Hargittai — Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, and Aaron Shaw — Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University — discuss findings from their recent study of both Wikipedia contributors and non-contributors showing that the gender gap in editing is exacerbated by a similarly important Internet skills gap. They suggest efforts ways of overcoming the gender gap in Wikipedia contributions by addressing the Web-use skills gap, and paths for future research.

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