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Workshop - Studying the Chinese Internet

研究中国互联网/ 研究中國互聯網

Thursday 31 July - Friday 1 August

China has the world's largest number of internet users, a vibrant web-based economy and social media landscape, and a government intent on managing the technology's social and political effects. This two-day workshop brings the nascent study of the Chinese web to the Australian National University (ANU) with presentations by researchers from China studies, computer science and the social sciences.

The workshop is being organised by:

Australian Centre on China in the World, College of Asia & the Pacific
Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute, College of Arts & Social Sciences

download program (PDF) | download abstracts (PDF) | download flyer (PDF)

Report of workshop


Day 1 (Thursday 31 July) Training in social media analysis

A small group training session run by A/Prof Robert Ackland, involving an introduction to social network analysis and hands-on training in the NodeXL and VOSON tools for collecting and analysing social media and WWW hyperlink network data.

Please note that there is a limit of 15 places for this training session so register quickly! Further, the training session is reserved for people who will also be attending Day 2 of the workshop. Also note that participants will need to provide their own laptops running Windows Excel 2007/2010/2013 and with NodeXL pre-installed (NodeXL does not work on Macs!). Registered participants will be given further details on the training session.

Day 2 (Friday 1 August) Research presentations

Presentations by researchers working on the political or social impact of the internet in China, methods for studying the Chinese web, or emerging research agendas on related questions.

Keynote presentation
  • 'Charting the Landscape of Chinese Social Media: What We Know and What We Don’t Know from Existing Research' by Professor Jonathan Zhu, Director of the Web Mining Lab, City University of Hong Kong.
Other presentations
  • 'A Web Analysis of HIV Information Delivery in China', Dr Robert Ackland, Australian National University and Dr Jiaying Zhao, Australian National University
  • 'Predicting Depressed Individuals with Suicide Ideation Using Social Media Data', Jin Han, Australian National University
  • 'Analyzing Events in Chinese Microblogs', Dr Lexing Xie, Australian National University
  • 'Preliminary Analysis of Muslim Networking on the Chinese Web', Dr Wai Yip Ho, Hong Kong Institute of Education and Dr Robert Ackland, Australian National University
  • 'Multiple Identity Formation via Social Media by Professional Chinese Immigrants to Australia', Dr Jerry Watkins, University of Canberra and Dr Chong Han, University of Western Sydney
  • 'Human Flesh Searching in the Greater China Region', Dr Lennon Chang, City University of Hong Kong
  • 'Institutional Analysis of Chinese Internet Governance: Some Tentative Thoughts', Ryan Manuel, Australian National University
  • 'Internet Use in China: Citizens, Consumers, and Social Consumption in Chinese', Dr Michael J. Jensen, University of Canberra and Wei Si, University of Canberra


Day 1 Training session

Room 1.04, Coombs Extension, Building 8
Corner of Garran and Fellows Road
Australian National University

Day 2 Research presentations

Seminar room, Australian Centre on China in the World
Building 188, Fellows Lane
Australian National University

download program (PDF) download abstracts (PDF) download flyer (PDF)

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Please register for the workshop

Registration is free. Please note that people registering for Day 1 (training session) are also expected to register for Day 2 (research presentations). However, it is possible to register for Day 2 only.

Workshop organisers

  • Dr Robert Ackland, VOSON & ADSRI, College of Arts & Social Sciences, ANU
  • Dr Wai Yip Ho, Department of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Dr Sarah Logan, School of International and Political Studies, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU
  • Ryan Manuel, Australian Centre on China in the World, College of Asia & the Pacific, ANU

Further information

Robert Ackland

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