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Digital Transformation in China – Recent Trends and Impacts

Jan 19, 2018 | 08:50 AM - 06:00 PM
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Workshop goals

The workshop is aimed at understanding recent trends in Industry 4.0 /Internet of Things/Big Data and to analyze its possible impacts on society and the environment. The goal is to connect junior and senior researchers in the field and to exchange current research findings in order to develop a research network in the near future.

Conference Program

Friday, Jan 19th 2018




Welcome Address

Genia Kostka (Freie Universität Berlin/GEAS)

Panel I: Trends, risks, and opportunities in Digital Manufacturing:  A cross-regional comparison


Chair: Shiwei Shi (Freie Universität Berlin)

Grischa Beier (IASS): Recent trends Industry 4.0 in Germany and China compared

Jaqueline Ives (MERICS): Made in China 2025 – The making of a high-tech superpower

Discussant: Sarah Eaton (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)


Coffee Break


Poster session: young researchers


Panel II: Digital manufacturing in China: Trends and Social and environmental impacts


Chair: Léa Steinacker (Wirtschaftswoche)

Florian Butollo (WZB): Intelligent manufacturing as a leap beyond the "global factory" model - the end of cheap labour?"

Wang Feng (CAICT): Development of Industrial Internet in China

Discussant: Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla (Freie Universität Berlin)


Panel III: Working with big data from China

Chair: Julia Püschel (Freie Universität Berlin)

Daniela Stockmann (Hertie School of Governance): Towards Area-Smart Data Science: Critical Questions for Working with Big Data from China

Christian Göbel (Universität Wien): Calibrating the Chinese Citizen: propaganda, e-petitioning and big data-driven governanc

Discussant: Elena Meyer-Clement (Freie Universität Berlin)

12.30- 13.30



Panel IV: Big data and political control


Chair: Katja Levy (Freie Universität Berlin)

Jiang Min (UNC Charlotte), Big data, big brother, big profits? The political economic implications of Chinese big data

Shazeda Ahmed (University of California, Berkeley): Personal Risk and Algorithmic Opacity: An Investigation of User-Identified Concerns in the Construction of the Social Credit System

Fan Liang (University of Michigan): The Instrumentalization of Big Data Infrastructures in China

Discussant: Lena Ulbricht (WZB)


Coffee Break


Poster session: young researchers


Panel IV: The Governance of big data and internet

Chair: Daniela Stockmann (Hertie School of Governance)

Rogier Creemers (Leiden University): China’s Digital Society - Developing a Research Agenda

Samantha Hoffman (IISS): Internet governance and social management

Discussant: Genia Kostka (FU Berlin)


Future Cooperations


Moderation: Genia Kostka (Freie Universität Berlin)

  • Exchange on particpants’ current initiatives and projects
  • Special Issue Publication
  • Brainstorming of future collaborations (Einstein Circle, DFG)

Time & Location

Jan 19, 2018 | 08:50 AM - 06:00 PM

Room 2.2051 (Holzlaube, second floor)
Freie Universität Berlin
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin