There is a series of conversations being organized in the Netherlands on Chinese online politics and culture, which appear to be things you can stream live and participate in via IRC, or at the least, download and view after the fact. One took place last night (ahem...should have read those emails earlier!), but the others are happening tomorrow and later in the month. Here goes:
V2 and IIAS (both based in the Netherlands) are organising a debate on Chinese Media Culture. The event itself takes place in Rotterdam, but it will be streamed online, and it will be possible to ask questions and take part in the discussion through IRC.
Tangent_Leap: An evening on emergent media culture in the People's Republic of China
Isaac Mao, activist blogger and software architect, Shanghai
Zhang Ga, media artist and curator, Beijing/New York
Karsten Giese, political scientist and sinologist, Hamburg
Guobin Jang, social scientist, New York online
moderator: Stephen Kovats, media researcher, V2_Institute
respondent: Martijn de Waal, journalist and media theorist, Amsterdam
Thursday March 30m 19.00 - 21.00 (CET)
V2_Institute for the Unstable Media
Streamed live: 02.00 - 04.00 (Beijing, Hong Kong), 19.00-21.00 (Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris) 13.00 - 15.00 (New York), 10.00 - 12.00 (San Francisco)
In addition there are 3 seminars organized by Peter Pels (Anthropology, Leiden University), bringing together Asian activists, academics, and industry folks to discuss some ripe topics:
- Asian Cyberpolitics, with Isaac Mao and Merlyna Lim. How successful is the Chinese regime in silencing digital voices? Why was Isaac's website <www.isaacmao.com> blocked so quickly? How does the Internet produce new forms of politics? Does the Indonesian cyberspace still facilitate critique on the political system the way it did before the downfall of the Soeharto-regime in 1998? Wed. March 29 8-10 pm Amsterdam.
- Asian Cyberfundamentalism, April 18
- Asian Cybergames, May 10.
Looks like you have to make a reservation (email: email@example.com) to view the seminars live, but also that they should be available to download at the Waag Society/Connect Media site after the fact.