Understanding China’s Social Media, 23 Sept. 2022

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2022 by thomas4infosoc


The EU Delegation and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in China are pleased to invite you to a seminar focused on China’s social media:

Understanding China’s Social Media: Internal and Global Dimensions
Galileo Room, EUDEL Beijing & Live on ZOOM
Friday 23 September 2022, 16.00-17.30 Beijing time/10.00-11.30 Brussels time

Hundreds of millions of users, highly sophisticated algorithms, China-specific business models, all within a strict regulatory environment. This and much more, is China’s social media today. As Chinese-born social media companies are increasingly present abroad, many wonder what is China’s social media ecosystem and how is reshaping and will be reshaping the economy and society in China and globally. In this informal talk, prominent speakers will be sharing their views on the specificities of Chinese social media compared to the West and on the regulatory environment for social media in the country.

The event will be opened by the Ambassador of the European Union to China, Jorge Toledo and by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to China, Vladimír Tomšík.

Helena Javitte, Manager, Accuracy & President, La French Tech Beijing [Moderator]
Rogier Creemers, Assistant Professor, Leiden University
Hogan Chen, Business Director, Ogilvy Beijing
Daniela Stockmann, Professor of Digital Governance, Hertie School

For those present at the venue, the seminar will be followed by a networking reception

The event is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to China and by the Embassy of the Czech Republic to China in the context of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The link to register is: https://lnkd.in/ee9_jrG3


NYTimes: Xi Jinping’s Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 30, 2022 by thomas4infosoc

Xi Jinping’s Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality https://nyti.ms/3QWcib6

ASML – the most innovative European company hardly anybody knows about? (article in German)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 17, 2022 by thomas4infosoc

How a Dutch company found itself in the midst of a US-China trade war.

Younger viewers shun traditional TV channels as 90% opt for streaming services

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2022 by thomas4infosoc

What I would like to know: the Streamers do not cover current events, they do not offer live events. So how does this impact audiences’ / users’ knowledge of current affairs when the general habit is to use channels that just do not have news or background features?

Plus: The disconcerting bit being “Those aged 65+ still spend about a third of their waking day, almost six hours, watching broadcast TV”.


Draft Cybersecurity Law now up for public consultation 网络安全法(草案)全文_中国人大网

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2015 by thomas4infosoc

And here it is, the long-awaited draft of the Chinese Cybersecurity Law. The NPC posted a version on July 6 on their website, it is up for public comment until early August.


You can find a quick analysis at http://www.merics.org/merics-analysen/china-update/china-update-262015.html and also a little bit here: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/07/09/new-law-would-let-china-cut-off-internet-during-emergencies/?mod=WSJBlog


China Cyber Security Law – Draft coming up

Posted in Information Security on June 30, 2015 by thomas4infosoc

this blog has been thoroughly underused the last couple of months, but let’s grab the opportunity of the draft Cyber Security Law being discussed by the NPC to start using it again:

For background on the bill see the analysis by German based China Think Tank MERICS:

http://www.merics.org/fileadmin/templates/download/china-monitor/China_Monitor_No_20_eng.pdf (Dec. 2014)

Then the official Xinhua news agency statement on the NPC deliberations:


Many international (and national) experts and stakeholders are eagerly awaiting the publication of the official draft. This should be up for public comment July 1, so we can expect some intensive analysis and media coverage very soon.


China: Telco Merger Looks Intriguing, But Unlikely

Posted in Telecoms Policy on February 25, 2015 by thomas4infosoc

China: Telco Merger Looks Intriguing, But Unlikely.

A well-reasoned reaction to the rumours about a Chinese telco merger. To add a consideration: A strong China Mobile is necessary to the decision-makers, because you can use it to experiment, as in the case of rolling out challenging technology of patriotic value (such as in the case of 3G). If China Mobile was to be seriously weakened, serious number portability and wholesale competition with virtual operators that can flexibly shop for capacity among network operators would be an easy and cheap measure.

Top 5 telecom market trends for 2015

Posted in Telecoms Policy on February 17, 2015 by thomas4infosoc

Analysys Mason predicts the technology, media and telecoms trends that will be making an impact over  the next 12 months.

Top 5 telecom market trends for 2015.

Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates ahead of earnings | South China Morning Post

Posted in e-commerce, Internet World on January 30, 2015 by thomas4infosoc

Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma Yun is set to face a barrage of questions when the e-commerce giant reports quarterly earnings today, spurred by a government regulator’s blistering accusation of widespread fraud and other illegal activities at the company’s popular online shopping platform….

Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates ahead of earnings | South China Morning Post.

Rumor: China’s MIIT to Issue FDD-LTE Licenses in December | Marbridge Consulting – China Wireless News

Posted in Uncategorized on November 6, 2014 by thomas4infosoc

Rumor: China’s MIIT to Issue FDD-LTE Licenses in December | Marbridge Consulting – China Wireless News.

Tencent Tech, 11/05/14

According to an industry source, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has begun preparatory work to issue FDD-LTE network operating licenses to China’s telcos, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, new licenses will be announced next month. China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) and China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) have both recently submitted applications to the MIIT to receive FDD commercial licenses.

China Unicom and China Telecom recently received notice from the MIIT requiring the operators to complete their FDD 4G base station construction or upgrades by November.