A two-day conference on the impact of information and communications technologies on Chinese society sponsored by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and the Berkeley China Internet Project and New Media Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, 2004
UC Berkeley campus

(this event has been archived as streaming video)

China is experiencing a digital revolution. ICTs are already altering the course of China’s ongoing social and economic reforms. But the long-term impact of the Internet on the Chinese government, people, society and culture is not yet clear.

Over 78 million Chinese now utilize the communication power of the Internet, and over 257 million have wireless phones. How will China’s rapidly expanding high tech industry and market affect global technological development and the world market? How does the Chinese government maintain a balance between control and growth of the Internet? How does the flexibility and pervasiveness of the new media alter the traditional information landscape? And what are the expansion, control and transformative effects of these technologies on China and its future?

This conference, which is free and open to the public, is organized and hosted by the Berkeley China Internet Project and New Media Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the USC Annenberg School for Communication. The Berkeley China Internet Project focuses on the interplay between information technology and society in the context of China, and aims to bring together the fields of journalism, technology, computer sciences, cyber law, China studies and human rights, to advance the understanding of China’s ongoing information revolution, as well as its emerging role in the global community.  

This conference is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Office of the Chancellor, Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, School of Information Management and Systems, Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for New Media and Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS); Michigan State University-DCL College of Law; Nanyang Technological University’s School of Communication & Information, and Peking University’s School of Journalism & Communication.

The conference is free and open to the public, but you need to register online.

Special note: conference attendees also are invited to attend 3 other panels on Thursday night and Friday morning on the Internet's impact in the United States. See details.

We hope you can join us at all these events.

Xiao Qiang
Director of the Berkeley China Internet Project

Lanita Pace-Hinton
Associate Director of the Western Knight Center

If you have questions, please send an e-mail to cdfberkeley@yahoo.com.

Internet connectivity at the J-School.