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  Subject:   SHAPING THE INTERNET IN CHINA: EVOLUTION OF POLITICAL CHANGE, Eric Harwit, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii

  Sponsor:   Asia/Pacific Research Center

  Speaker:   Eric Harwit, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii

  Date:   Friday, November 3, 2000

  Time:   12pm - 1:15pm

  Location:   Encina Hall, Third floor, East wing conference room [look for it in a campus map][new]

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  Costs:   free and open to the public, no rsvp required

  Contact:   Yumi Onoyama

The Project on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
of The Asia/Pacific Research Center at Stanford University
 cordially invites you to the second seminar of Fall Quarter 2000-2001


Eric Harwit
Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii
Visiting Scholar, Asia/Pacific Research Center

Internet use in China has recently grown at a tremendous pace, and today there are more than 17 million users. In this talk, Harwit examines government control over the physical data pipelines and network content. He explores the management and revenue flows from the information highway, and political efforts to regulate the content that appears on Chinese computer screens. He also analyzes the post-WTO role foreign companies may have in the network's future development. He concludes that, though the telecommunications bureaucracy is keen to extract monetary profit from the Internet, political drive for control over content is muted by schizophrenic government policy, user self-censorship and, in the short run, user demographics.

Eric Harwit is an Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii, and a visiting scholar at Stanford's Asia / Pacific Research Center for the 2000-2001 academic year. A 1984 graduate of Cornell University, he received a diploma from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing in 1990, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. Professor Harwit is the author of China's Automobile Industry (M.E. Sharpe, 1995), and several other articles on industrial and economic development in Asia. He is currently writing a book about the politics of telecommunication in China, and has a Fulbright research grant to conduct a study of telecommunications in rural China in mid-2001.  

Friday, November 3, 2000
12:00 1:15 p.m.
A/PARC Conference Room, Encina Hall
East Wing, third floor
Stanford University campus
This program is free and open to the public.  No reservations are required.
For more information on A/PARC see:

 Event history: Submitted by yumio on 19-Oct-2000;

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