Report from Beijing: Seminar on Social Media, Policies and Regulations from the Perspective of Network Governance

This blog is a translated version of an article originally published by Chine.Net ( The original report (in Chinese) at: I participated in this Seminar and spoke about the social media governance in Malaysia.

The seminar “Social Media, Policies and Regulations from the Perspective of Network Governance” was held at Tsinghua University on December 3-4, 2016. More than 40 experts and scholars from government management agencies and social organizations, Internet industry, journalism, law, and sociology from China, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries and regions gathered together The School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University conducted in-depth discussions on national communications and information technology regulatory policies, social media network governance models, etc. Special reports and roundtable forums covered Internet self-discipline, privacy and data protection, online advertising, online rumors, and cyber bullying. , Intermediary responsibility, network neutrality and other issues. This academic seminar was jointly organized by the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University and the School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University. The Hong Kong Research Grants Council provided partial funding for international scholars. Hu Yu, Secretary of the Party Committee of the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University, delivered a welcome speech.

In the keynote speech, researcher Li Xiaodong, director of the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), based on CNNIC’s cooperation and governance practices with international institutions in recent years, analyzed the core concepts and measures in the four stages of Internet governance, and conducted in-depth research on the international technology community. Experience in Internet governance. He used a large number of cases to illustrate that in the process of Internet governance, important historical nodes illustrate that Internet governance has developed from a technical academic network, to the entire technical community, and then to global multi-party governance. At present, Internet governance includes five aspects: the government, technical people, academia, civil society, and business. Cross-border has attracted many controversies. The most important discussion in Internet governance is currently focused on the issue of network sovereignty and governance models. The core is whether we can treat all governance entities as equals and whether we can view different governance models with an inclusive mindset.

Dr. Qian Yiqin, one of the organizers of the seminar, from the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University, reported on the survey of social media management in Mainland China jointly conducted by Hong Kong Baptist University and the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University and her personal information on social media management. Model research results. Her research explored the coordinated co-management model of multi-stakeholders, digital constitutional governance, network governance, and the Chinese government, and proposed a comprehensive governance model.

Chen Hua, deputy director of the Beijing Internet Information Office (pictured above), from the historical development of Kaixiangong Village (the prototype of the “Jiangcun Economy” study) studied by Mr. Fei Xiaotong to contemporary Wuzhen, proposed that research should use technology in the broad perspective of sociology Theory, using a global perspective in local care, and studying reality in historical perspective.

In addition, scholars from China, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United States, and the United Kingdom have published research papers and reports in the fields of journalism and communication, computer science, law, and sociology; from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in Hong Kong and Singapore Advertising Standards People from the management department of the Administration introduced their management and experience; people from Tencent and Sina Weibo discussed the issue of rumor management.

Professor Chen Changfeng and Dr. Dai Jia, Executive Associate Deans of School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University, Dr. Qian Yiqin from School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University, and Professor Wu Jing, Associate Dean of School of Journalism and Communication of Peking University, chaired and made comments. Teachers and students from many universities in Beijing and Hong Kong actively participated in the forum.

After the seminar, the participants will visit the Internet company Sina.

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