09:30 to 13:00
End date
19 June 2019
Private Dining Room, Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - 9:30am to 1:00pm


Governance of Online Speech in the Age of Platforms

It is now well-accepted that digital media platforms are not merely information intermediaries, but also central control points of the Internet. They have become the so-called 'deciders' and 'custodians' of online speech, leading to the privatization of Internet governance.

In China, domestic platforms such as WeChat, Weibo, and Toutiao have become the mediators, gatekeepers, and governors of online news and information. In order to perform this role, platforms have to work closely with the Chinese state in guiding and controlling public opinion.

The aim in this workshop is to advance analysis and understanding of the role platforms play in the governance of online news and information, and their relations with the state. After opening with a close study of the situation in China, the workshop will consider the experience of western nations, which also have to rely on private platforms to tackle issues like online hate speech, disinformation, and political or terrorism propaganda.

The workshop will gather together a number of academics working in related areas to discuss this highly topical and immensely important issue.



  1. Governance regarding public opinion in a platform era: a study of China   

Jufang WANG, Center for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, Warwick University

  1.  China’s control of digital infrastructure in comparative perspective   

Ralph SCHROEDER, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University

  1. The new governance and freedom of expression    

Damian TAMBINI, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics

  1. Algorithmic public sphere: controlling access to knowledge in the digital age     

Roxana RADU, PCMLP/CSLS, Oxford University



Wang Jufang, PhD candidate in Media and Communication, Warwick University, and former vice-director of news of CRI Online

Denis Galligan, Emeritus Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Director of Programmes, Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, Oxford

Roxana Radu, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy

Ralph  Schroeder, Professor in Social Science of the Internet, Oxford Internet Institute, and director of its MSc programme in Social Science of the Internet

Damian Tambini, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE



Jacob Rowbottam, Associate Professor, University College, Oxford University

Pu Yan, Doctoral Student, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University