Knowledge, Technology & Policy

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 29–35

The Dynamics of Cyber China: The Characteristics of Chinese ICT Use

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s12130-008-9043-y

Cite this article as:
Chu, W.R. Know Techn Pol (2008) 21: 29. doi:10.1007/s12130-008-9043-y


This paper provides a preliminary examination of the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)—limited to mobile phone and internet use—in contemporary China. Based on fieldwork undertaken since 2003 in Guangzhou and Beijing, the paper focuses on the relationship between society and technology in the Chinese cultural context. An analysis of the data on ICT use in China shows how Chinese cultural traits and the speed of the ICT evolution in China have combined to bring about a unique cyber experience. This analysis may be helpful to other scholars who wish to compare the impact of ICTs in various cultures or who are interested in discovering how Mainland China went ‘cyber’.


Cyber China Chinese culture in cyberspace Digital divide Compressed modernity Public/private sphere 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Social SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHung HomHong Kong

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