8.00am: Registration

9.00am-9.15 am:    Opening Remarks, Dean Ernest Wilson III

9.15 am-10.00 am: Keynote Speaker: Ge Wang, founder & CTO, SMULE

10.00 am-11.30 am: Panel 1

China’s Internet Governance

Moderator: Ang Peng Hwa, Director, Singapore Internet Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

  • “A Fully Automated Method to Catch and Characterize Deleted Posts on Sina and Tencent Weibo.” Cedric Sam, YY Chan, D. Bandurski, Fu King Wa, University of Hong Kong.
  • “Impact of China on Global Internet Governance in Era of Privatized Control.” Severine Arsene, Yahoo-Fellow-In-Residence, Georgetown University.
  • “Reconsidering Community Medium in Context of Internet.” Fei Jiang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Kuo Huang, China International Publishing Group.
  • “Laws and Economics of  Network Governance: Network Convergence and Deregulation in China” Benjamin Chiao, Henry Ling-Hu, Shanghai University of Finance & Economics.

11.30 am-11.45 pm: Coffee Break

11.45am-1.00 pm: Panel 2

National Identity, Global Influence

Moderator: Clayton Dube, Executive Director, USC US-China Institute

  • “Patriotic Leisure: E-Sports, Government Policy & National Image.”-Marcella Szablewicz, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • “The World as Seen Through Tianditu: An exploratory Study of China’s Online Mapping Service.” Yu-Wen Chen, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • “Chinese National Search Engine: National Identity, Ideological State Apparatus or Panopticon?” Min Jiang, Kristen Okamoto, UNC Charlotte.

1-2.30pm:        Lunch (for presenters and moderators)

2.30-4pm:        Panel 3

Special Panel:

Chinese University of Communications-Mapping Online Entertainment: Interplay of Politics, Economy and Culture

Moderator: Yu Hong, Asst. Professor, USC Annenberg


  • Yun Long, PhD, professor and deputy director of the National Center for Radio & Television Studies at Communication University of China.
  • Lei Zhang,  Associate Research Fellow in National Centre for Radio and Television Studies at Communication University of China.
  • Amanda Ting Zhou, Associate Professor in National Center for Radio and Television Studies, Communication University of China.
  • Jidong Li, associate professor of National Center for Radio and Television Studies at Communication University of China.
  • Deqiang Ji, assistant research fellow of National Center for Radio and Television Studies at Communication University of China.

4.00-5.30 pm:                                Panel  4

Internet & Politics

Moderator: Randy Kluver, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

  • “Mediated Citizenship or Mediatized Politics? Political Discourse on Chinese Internet.” Bingchun Meng, London School of Economics.
  • “Neglected and Excluded Aspect: Critical Perspectives on Internet Research in Mainland China.” Bu Wei, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
  • “NGO2.0 and Social Media Action Research.” Jing Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • “The Virtual Road to Power: A Case Study on the Growth Trajectory of Chinese Online Opinion Leaders.” Yawei Liu, Sean Ding, Mei “Calanthia” Lan. Carter Center.



8.30-9.30 am: Breakfast (for presenters and moderators), Davidson Conference Center

9.30-10.15 am:

A discussion on the influence of culture on creativity and gaming between Ernest Wilson, Dean of USC Annenberg, and

Jenova Chen,


10.15am-10.30am: Coffee Break

10.30-11.30pm: Panel 5

Doctoral Student Panel

Moderator: Jack Qiu, Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • “Productive vs. Pathological: Two Faces of Consumer Labor in China’s Online Gaming Industry.” Lin Zhang, USC Annenberg.
  • “Defending Authoritarian Regime Online: Rise of Voluntary Fifty Centers in Chinese Cyberspace.” Rongbin Han, University of California, Berkeley
  • “Colonized Microblogsphere? Verification System’s Impact on Online Opinion Leadership in Sina Weibo” Jiachun Hong, Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.
  • “Internet Use, Political Efficacy, State Governance: Studies of Political Participation and Government Reactions in the Information Age.” Leizhen Zang, Peking University.

11.30-11.40: Coffee Break

11.40-12.30m: Student Panel (Cont’d)

  • “Power of Online Activism in China: Study of Li Zhuang Case.” Zhaowen Wu, Beijing Foreign Studies University.
  • “Sensitive Words vs. Anti Sensitive Words in China’s Online Discourse: A Semiotic Resistance.” Qi Gu, Wake Forest University.
  • “The Sent Down Internet: Going Online in Rural China.” Elisa Oreglia, University of California, Berkeley.
  • “Informational Use of Social Networking Sites By Chinese Students To Their Political Participation.” Huan Sun, Massachussetts Institute of Technology.

12.30-2.30pm: Lunch

1.30-2.30pm: Poster Presentation, Doctoral Students

  • “Discovering Miss Puff, an example of economic and cultural success within the context of the Chinese Videosharing service.” Gianluigi Negro, University of Lugano; Zhan Zhang, Univeristà della Svizzera Italiana; Vincenzo De Masi, Zurich University.
  • “Will microblogging affect Chinese Journalists Professional identities?”Cui Di, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • “Representation, Participation, and Democratization: The Effects of E-Governance in China.” Samantha Chiu, Texas A&M University.
  • “A Study of Transnational Entertainment Spheres in Chinese Cyberspace.” Jing Zhao, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

2.30pm- 4pm:  Panel 6

Social Media, Internet Communities

Moderator: Hu Yong, Assoc. Professor, Peking University

  • “Rising Influence of Microblogs.” Eric Harwit, University of Hawaii; Duncan Clark, BDA Communications.
  • “Why Grassroots Stars Shine: Examining Social Media Audiences’ Motives And Involvement.” Shaojing Sun, Fudan  University; Mihye Seo, University at Albany, State University of New York; Ying Wang, Youngstown State University.
  • “A Long Term View of China’s Microblog Politics.” Yawei Liu, Carter Center
  • “New Media Technologies in China’s ‘New Socialist Countryside’: Techno-Sustenance and the Possibilities for Social Transformation,” Cara Wallis, Texas A&M University
  • “Frenemy: How Chinese Journalists Perceive the Internet.” Jonathan Hassid, University of Technology, Sydney, and Maria Repnikova, University of Oxford.

4.00-4.15pm: Coffee Break

4.00pm- 5.00pm: Introduction by Andrew Lih, Assoc Prof., USC Annenberg and author of “Wikipedia Revolution.”

Ting Chen, Wikimedia Foundation


4.40pm-5pm: Closing Remarks

Larry Gross, Vice Dean, Vice-Dean, USC Annenberg & President, International Communication Association (ICA)


5pm-6.30 pm: Farewell Reception