Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) 2005

SDP2005 Beijing: 7 July - 12 July. Hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 27 students and 13 tutors.

Summer Doctoral Programme 2005 in BeijingThe 2005 Summer Doctoral Programme was held in Beijing (7-21 July), with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences kindly acting as hosts. The location allowed us to focus attention on the increasingly multilingual and multicultural character of the Internet and Web, and the growing prominence of Asia, and China in particular. It included visits to government, business and industry sites of relevance to understanding the development of the Internet in China.

SDP2005 was particularly aimed at students who were undertaking empirical or comparative studies, or who were addressing issues of policy or theory with a focus on regional and national difference.

Academic Programme

Research seminars covered: cross-national equivalence and methodological issues in the World Internet Project (WIP); social capital, immigration and transnational communication networks; issues in digital copyright, Broadband, digital constitutionalism, shared virtual environments and other communications media, the future of e-science and e-social science, religion and the Internet, ethnic differences, online political campaigning, 'from hacktivism to hackerism', 'the future of the Internet and how to stop it', alleviating inequality (new global and regional financing mechanisms for ICTs), censorship and content regulation in Asia, Internet governance (preparations for the Working Group on Internet Governance, WGIG), and media democracy (the Global Voices project). The afternoons were devoted to student research seminars.

There were further panel sessions on: digital divides, international perspectives on e-government, the societal impact of the Internet, and the impact of the Internet on journalism and news reporting. The first day opened with a press conference to mark the release of Chinese World Internet Project (WIP) data. The final plenary session addressed 'The Future of the Internet'.

The social programme included two formal dinners, a tour of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, visits to Tsingua and Peking Universities and, a tour of the Ming Tombs, Road of the Gods and Badaling Great Wall, an evening of Sichuanese food, and another of native Beijing Food at the Laoshe Tea House.


  • Pauline Hope Cheong, Assistant Professor, State University of New York
  • Jeffrey Cole, Director, The Anderson School at UCLA
  • William Dutton, Director, OII
  • Brian Fitzgerald, Head Queensland University of Technology (QUT) School of Law
  • John Hartley, Dean, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Ang Peng Hwa, Vice Dean, Nanyang Technological University
  • Randolph Kluver, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University
  • Guo Liang, Deputy Director, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu
  • Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Victoria Nash, Policy and Research Officer, OII
  • Charles Nesson, Professor, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
  • Ralph Schroeder, Research Fellow, OII


Maria Paula Araujo de Noronha, Wenli Chen, Xiaoyan Chen, Marcus M. Dapp , Christoph Engemann, Kenneth Farrall, Anne Geniets, James Gomez, Yu Hong, Gang Huang, Vikki Katz, Anastasia Kavada, Yael Levanon, Eileen Lubcke, Maren Lubcke, Airong Luo, Siddhartha Menon, Lucy Montgomery, Chrystie Myketiak, YJ Park, Nicolas Suzor, Hagit Tal, Shyam Tekwani, Lokman Tsui, Shlomit Wagman, Cara Wallis, Yuehua Wu


We are grateful for support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) and all our academic partners: The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School, The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the School of Informatics at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Singapore Internet Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University.