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Date: December 8th, Friday

Time: 12:00-14:00

Venue: HS436

Speaker: Wenhong Chen, Ph.D., Professor, School of Journalism and Media, University of Texas at Austin wenhong.chen@austin.utexas.edu

Abstract

Zoom, the videoconference firm, founded by a China-born naturalized U.S. citizen, greatly benefited from the cross-border circulation of talent and capital between the two nations, and strategically reconfigured its organizational networks and identity in response to privacy, data, and national security concerns during the volatile time of the COVID-19 pandemic. If Zoom’s response has been by and large successful, this talk centers on the feasibility of such strategies for TikTok, the short-video platform owned by the Chinese tech firm ByteDance, which has been gaining global popularity and scrutiny in a double bind of geopolitics and technopolitics.

 

Speaker Bio

Dr. Wenhong Chen is a professor of media studies and sociology and a Distinguished Scholar in the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. An award-winning scholar and teacher, Dr. Chen has more than 100 publications, including articles in top-ranked journals in the fields of communication and media studies, sociology, and management. Dr. Chen’s current project examines how U.S. and Chinese AI policies affect tech and media entrepreneurship.

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