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Disruptive information technologies and society: Evidences from digital China

Chinese Journal of Communication Call for Papers

Deadline: 31 December 2019

The General Aims and Focus of the Special Issue

Disruptive innovations displace established products, firms that produce the products, and even the market. Information technologies (ITs) increasingly play a leading role in generating such disruptive innovations. Telephones, for instance, disrupted the market of telegraphy and made the service obsolete. For another more recent example, share-riding applications such as Uber and Didi effectively disrupted the taxi market and in some cities, started to replace the taxi service (e.g., Grab in Singapore acquired a taxi company). The profound business impact of these disruptive information technologies have been the focus of many scholarly works. This special issue proposes to examine the social impact of these disruptive information technologies. In particular, it studies how social relationships, norms, networks, practices, and values have been changed or in some cases, radically disrupted by information technologies in the context of digital China.

For this special issue that emerges out of the 17th Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) held in Singapore on 28 June 2019, China is the context in which we examine the social impact of disruptive ITs. There are two reasons for this: Firstly, China as a fast developing country has embraced new ITs with great enthusiasm. Not only are the most updated technologies introduced to the Chinese society with fast speed and little resistance, the Chinese IT industry has also begun to take the lead in inventing and implementing such technologies. Secondly, China as a society is going through dramatic changes due to the political, economic and technological shifts the country is experiencing. The tensions between the past and the present, the traditional and the modern, the Chinese and the global set up intriguing binaries and backdrops against which we can study the immense and immersive social impact of ITs. Pairing up disruptive ITs and a constantly-changing social environment can proffer unique evidences that might not be found elsewhere.

Specifically, we invite contributions including but not limited to the following questions:

  1. How does China’s IT industry (hardware, software, Internet service providers, gaming, etc) change/reinforce social norms, values, practices, structure and culture, especially from a historical perspective?
  2. How are China’s IT industries tackling issues of digital inclusivity and digital divide?
  3. How does the sharing economy (e.g., bike-sharing, ride-sharing, etc) change/reinforce social norms, values, practices, structure and culture?
  4. How does algorithm-based business models (e.g., short video applications, aggregation sites such as Dianping, Meituan, and Toutiao) change/reinforce social norms, values, practices, structure and culture?
  5. How does artificial intelligence (e.g., face-recognition technologies, identity management applications, etc) change/reinforce social norms, values, practices, structure and culture?
  6. How does the most recent development in social media (e.g., Weixin public accounts, the strengthened connection between social media and online shopping) change/reinforce social norms, values, practices, structure and culture?
  7. How does the most recent development in mobile technologies (e.g., mobile pay, location-based services) change/reinforce social norms, values, practices, structure and culture?

Chinese Journal of Communication

Language: en-UK

Publisher: Routledge

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Submission guidelines

All manuscripts should be submitted by December 31, 2019. All submitted manuscripts are subject to rigorous blind peer-review process. All accepted manuscripts will be published online first. The planned printed publication date is an issue of CJC in 2021.

Submissions should conform to the editorial guidelines of the Chinese Journal of Communication found at http://www.informaworld.com/cjoc under “Instructions for Authors.”

Papers for consideration in this special issue should be submitted online http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcjc and should indicate they are intended for inclusion in the special issue. For inquires, contact Dr. Weiyu Zhang at weiyu.zhang@nus.edu.sg

Editorial Information

Guest Editors:

Weiyu Zhang (Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore)

Tania Lim (Murdoch University, Singapore)

Terence Lee (College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences, Murdoch University, Australia)

Published on 16th August . Last updated on 16 August