A New Approach to the Geopolitics of Chinese Internets

Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 25, 2022, Forthcoming

Texas A&M University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-44

7 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2022

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Jack Linchuan Qiu

National University of Singapore

Peter K. Yu

Texas A&M University School of Law

Elisa Oreglia

King's College London

Date Written: October 26, 2022

Abstract

Written for a special issue on "The Geopolitics of Chinese Internets," this introductory essay summarizes how our understanding of Chinese internets – in the plural – has shifted in the past two decades. The incumbent approach sees "Chinese tech" as a unitary and statist monolith, an incomplete view whose utility has declined. By contrast, the articles in this special issue collectively substantiate a novel geopolitical approach that analyzes "Chinese internets" as internally diverse and externally border-crossing; as both public (governmental and non-governmental) and private (e.g., corporate); as discursive and policy entanglements beyond the dichotomy of multistakeholderism and multilateralism; and as global, regional, and local formations that are connected to, but not entirely constrained by, their national counterparts. Pluralist and multilayered, this new approach to analyzing Chinese techno-geopolitics shall provide a better fit for contemporary internet research involving state and nonstate actors in China, including Chinese companies operating both overseas and globally.

Suggested Citation

Qiu, Jack Linchuan and Yu, Peter K. and Oreglia, Elisa, A New Approach to the Geopolitics of Chinese Internets (October 26, 2022). Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 25, 2022, Forthcoming, Texas A&M University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-44, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4258574

Jack Linchuan Qiu

National University of Singapore ( email )

Singapore
Singapore

Peter K. Yu (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.peteryu.com/

Elisa Oreglia

King's College London ( email )

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London, England WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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