Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC)

Mobile Apps, Smartphones, Cloud Computing, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Metaverse, Blockchain. The Chinese Internet has evolved into a multilayered stack of digital technologies and devices with embedded protocols, cultures, and norms, used by billions of people around the globe.  The Global South is where Made in China digital technology meets the world, reconfiguring how billions live, and China’s own relationship with the world. The Digital Asia Hub will host the 20th Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) The Chinese Internet in the Global South: Flows, Frictions, and Futures with local partner The Faculty of Mass Communication, Chiang Mai University. 

On the 20th anniversary of CIRC we are delighted to bring the conference to Thailand for the first time. Historically, the Chinese diaspora community has played meaningful roles in the shaping of modern Thailand. Chiang Mai University will be an idyllic site to embrace the spirit of the Global South and engage in dialogue around the Chinese Internet. We hope to highlight fresh scholarship outside the traditional “China vs West” paradigm that dominates mainstream discourse. The conference will take on an interdisciplinary edge highlighting emerging scholars in a number of fields including law and policy, media and communications studies, political science, computer science, law, among other disciplines. As the first non-University co-host of CIRC, Digital Asia Hub will bring its own values of speculative thinking and policy-oriented, multistakeholder discourse to the conference. In the leadup to the conference new institutions and organizations will be announced and added as CIRC 2023 partners and sponsors. 

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