“How Do Civic Associations in China Respond to the Internet: Findings from a Survey.”
Guobin Yang has published extensively on Chinese civil society in the information age, environmental activism in China, and China’s cultural revolution in history and memory.
His talk at Bard focused on how many scholars have argued that new information and communication technologies may provide voluntary organizations with new opportunities and resources to promote social and political change. In China, the Internet began to develop in the early 1990s when civic associations were undergoing a revival. Many new civic associations have since appeared. What are these organizations? Have they gone online? How do they use the Internet? With what impact? This study provides the first systematic empirical analysis of Internet capacity and Internet use in civic associations in urban China.