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By the end of June 2008, China had reached 253 million Internet users, surpassing the United States as the country with the largest number of Internet users.

The theme of the 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference, “The Chinese Internet and Civil Society: Civic Engagement, Deliberation and Culture,” is designed to bring together scholars and professionals to examine the Chinese Internet from socioeconomic, political and cultural perspectives, and explore uncharted areas in innovative ways.

Hosted by the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, the three-day event examines how civic subcultures are forming through Facebook and other online social networks; the role of the Internet in media events such as the Beijing Olympics and crises like the Sichuan Earthquake; how Chinese diasporas use the Internet; the differences between the Chinese Internet and the global Internet; and other topics exploring such unchartered areas.

The event takes from May 27-29 at the Annenberg School for Communication. For more information, call 215-898-9727 or email The conference is open to the public. There is no fee to register.  If you would like to attend, please register by emailing your name, institutional affiliation and title, and email address to


Originally published on May 21, 2009