March 8, 2013
Mobile phones have given the Chinese a voice
Mobile technology has provided the Chinese with an opportunity to voice individual and collective popular protests. And with over 1 billion mobile subscribers in China, the voices are heard. A new PhD thesis from the University of Copenhagen presents several case studies on the use of the mobile phone for political participation in Chinese society and points to the concept of guanxi – an individual's network of social relations and obligations– as central to understanding the success of alternative mobile communication in China.
... As early as in 2003, the mobile phone played a vital role when people shared information about the SARS epidemic that the government tried to suppress.
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