Digital Governance and Transcultural Communications - An IAMCR 2022 pre-conference

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Update: This was initially planned as a hybrid pre-conference. On 16 May Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, host of the pre-conference, announced that due to a recent outbreak of COVID 19 in the city the conference will be online only.

Date and time

Friday, 8 July 2022 | 09:00 - 17:00 Suzhou time | 12:00 - 20:00 Sydney time | 01:00 - 09:00 UTC

NEW - Download the preconference programme


Governance of digital and internet technologies involves a complex series of actions carried out in cross-territorial space by multiple stakeholders, transversing huge cultural, political, economic, and social differences. Alongside international internet governance bodies such as ICANN, new models for governance of digital communications platforms have emerged in recent years including the European Commission’s Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech and the Facebook Oversight Board. However, at the moment, there is an absence of a single international standard-setting body for digital communications or a unified framework for governing digital public goods. Competition and contests over issues like privacy, data colonialism, cybersecurity, and access to internet infrastructure have exacerbated trade, economic and political tensions, and have also significantly affected transborder and transcultural communication flows. 

This one-day hybrid preconference aims to explore policy and governance strategies emerging from the development and use of digital communications technologies and their impacts on transcultural communications, with a focus on the themes of neo-globalization, digitalisation, and platformisation.

It seeks to address some fundamental questions that may help in strengthening digital governance approaches and facilitating safe, productive and inclusive transcultural communications:

  • What are the critical contests around digital governance of transnational and transcultural communications platforms? How do they exemplify differences in values and ethics between key stakeholders?
  • What are the crucial components of digital governance strategies, and how are these evolving in light of platformisation?
  • How can existing institutional, and largely national, models of communications governance adapt to this new context? To what extent are new, international models of governance addressing transcultural communications?
  • What are the best practice examples of new digital governance modalities working in the public interest? How might these benefit public institutions, such as public service media

The pre-conference will consist of a keynote speech and four panels, drawing on speakers from both inside and outside China, from developed and developing countries. These panels will include discussions on: 

  • Digital governance of the metaverse 
  • Governance of digital communications market access, standards and structures  
  • Governance strategies for safe, inclusive digital transcultural communications 
  • Digital governance and public service media in an era of platformisation  

Preconference programme

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The conference will be in hybrid mode (online and in-person), with locations at the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou, China, and at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Registration and participation

The event is free and participation is open to all interested people - on-site for China-based participants and online for international speakers and audiences via Zoom.

Registration: Please register your participation via the link: or send your name, email, and institutional affiliation to Dr. Rui Wang for registration.


School of Journalism and Communication at Beijing Normal University

In partnership with

IAMCR’s Public Service Media Policies Working Group.

Call for papers

Download the call for papers

Contact email

Yik Chan Chin

Fiona Martin 

Beijing Normal UniversityPSM