Prophets of Mass Innovation: The Gospel According to BAT

Media Industries Journal,  Volume 5, Issue 1, 2018 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mij.15031809.0005.105   Permissions Abstract: This article examines the role that the CEOs of China’s tech giants (Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent [BAT]) play as advocates of China’s vision of mass innovation. It seeks, first, to understand what mass innovation is and the conditions for its success and then […]

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Chasing dignity and work

A recent piece [reposted here courtesy of Eureka Street] In a couple of weeks’ time my modest family of three will be spread across 4000-plus kilometres and two continents, all in the cause of finding work. While my adult daughter has been living and working in a country town an eight-hour drive away from home […]

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Western Australia’s welcome engagement in Asia has been a long time coming

republished from The Conversation, 22 March 2017 The newly elected Western Australia premier, Mark McGowan, has appointed the state’s first minister for Asian engagement, Bill Johnston. The appointment shows that McGowan’s administration understands how deeply embedded the state’s interests are in the Asian neighbourhood. Some of WA’s strongest economic and cultural advantages come from its […]

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Malaysia disconnecting from online freedoms

(republished here under Creative Commons, originally published at the East Asian Forum) 18 March 2016 Not long ago, the Malaysian government thought that mastery of the internet was a path towards economic development. In February 1996, it launched the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), essentially a special economic zone, to entice high-technology corporations like Microsoft to […]

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