Sunday 24 April, 2pm – China’s Internet: A 20-year Retrospective with Kaiser Kuo

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Date(s) - Sunday, April 24 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Maya (in clubhouse of Shanghai Grand Plaza apt complex)


For students of contemporary China, there’s no better window onto the fast-changing landscape than China’s internet. The FCC brings you Baidu’s international communications director Kaiser Kuo to discuss some of the great, underexplored internet topics, and what observers of China’s media landscape have overlooked or gotten wrong. Both as a subject of research and an inexhaustible source of data, the internet affords today’s China-watchers a true embarrassment of riches.

The Chinese leadership’s efforts reap the obvious economic and social benefits that Internet technology offers — while containing the potent and unpredictable forces it threatens to unleash — has been one of the central themes in the discourse on China. Kaiser will also look at the whys and the hows of censorship, as we look at the changing ways in which censorship has been implemented, and the attitudes towards it by Chinese and China-watchers. Q&A to follow.

About the Speaker: Kaiser Kuo is director of international communications for Baidu, China’s leading search engine. He’s also been group director of digital strategy for Ogilvy & Mather, and China bureau chief for Silicon Valley-based technology and business magazine The Red Herring. Born to Chinese parents in the US, Kaiser has lived in Beijing for more than 20 years, and has been an active China-watcher throughout that time, writing columns, essays and articles about contemporary China for a wide range of publications. He also speaks frequently on topics related to China. Kaiser co-hosts the popular Sinica Podcast, a weekly discussion of current affairs in China that features leading journalists, academics and other China-watchers, and was a co-founder of China’s first and most successful Heavy Metal band, Tang Dynasty. Kaiser will be repatriating to the US this summer, to North Carolina.

Venue: Maya, 568 Julu Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
Time: Sunday 24 April, 2pm-4pm (doors open at 2pm, event starts at 2:30pm)
Price: 50RMB SFCC members; 150RMB non-members.
Price includes one drink and sweet treats (including Maya’s famous churros)

Due to high numbers of bookings, those without an RSVP may not be able to attend.


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