Mobile Communication, Public Participation and E-Governance in China: A case study of Xiamen Anti-PX Demonstration

Jun Liu, Hui Zhao

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Abstract

China has become the biggest mobile communication carrier in the world since 2001. Advanced technologies create a communication revolution, and the individual, through the advent of mobile media, has become an active participant in this process. This study investigates the mobile phone’s impact upon the developments of public participation, social inclusion and citizenship through the case study of Xiamen PX demonstration. In terms of local environmental activism, the Xiamen residents shared information with the help of wireless communication about the alleged misdeeds of party officials and took various civic actions again them. A rare sense of participation in public affairs is fostered through the use of mobile communication technology. The government must figure out how to improve the effective and regular information exchange and feedback top down and bottom up to raise the awareness and understanding among higher decision making agencies, government and the public.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Conference on Theory and Proctice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV 2010) Proceedings
EditorsTomasz Janowski, Jim Davies
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages327
Number of pages332
ISBN (Print)9781450300582
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Communication Studies

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