Xiaobai SHEN博士，英国爱丁堡大学商学院高级讲师，北京大学访问教授，STS比较研究专家， 主要从事中国知识产权等方面的研究，如技术的社会分析、市场、嵌入边界等方面，尤其是与通讯技术、信息及计算机等方面的相关研究，也涉及新兴市场等方面的研究。
On the arrival of the digital revolution, many foresaw a new set of “network norms” for the connected society, including, interactivity (many-to-many rather than one-to-many broadcasting style), participatory culture, plurality of value, distributed governance (a democratic paradigm), information transparency, etc. This opens a new horizon for STS researches and poses also challenges, e.g. can the abundant “digital traces” (Latour 2010) help the better understanding of the “general public” and their concerns and demands at a specific temporal social and physical space.
This talk uses the case of Brexit in the UK to ask, how “democratic” the West is in today’s digital age. It discusses the challenges in reflecting and understanding the general public with complexity and dynamics; and the various issues on regard of the “digital traces”, such as ownership, accessibility, governance. It argues that China has already built a more integrated cross-platform digital infrastructure than in the West. However, how to turn digital data into meaningful “digital traces” needs interdisciplinary researches – “digital humanities”. The STS is needed to bridge the connection between technology and society.
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