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Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission deadline: 1 April 2013
Social media are marked by features of convergence, participation, openness and the transcendence of national borders. The growth of social media not only poses challenges to traditional media policy- and regulation-making, which are based on the type of medium and on national borders, it also triggers new legal issues of both a criminal and civil nature around the world.
Despite the fact that China has the world’s largest Internet population and possesses a rapidly expanding social media sector, the policy and regulatory implications of social media are under-researched in the academic literature. This calls for analysis from a comparative and multi-disciplinary perspective.
The School of Communication at the Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong), and Center for Journalism, School of Journalism and Communication at the Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), with the support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Taiwan, are pleased to invites abstract for their 2013 workshop on Social Media, Regulation and Freedom of Expression: A comparative perspective. The workshop aims to address the key issue of the advent of social media for media policy and legal regulatory issues, particularly with regard to freedom of expression, access and service provision, content, privacy and data protection. We are seeking presentations and panel discussions from legal, regulatory, and media experts, journalists, and human rights NGOs from different jurisdictions, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, the USA, and Britain.
Abstracts are invited that address topics which include, but are not limited to: