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CREATEC Weekly Seminar Series - Professor Lelia Green and Dr Kay Hearn

Thursday, 06 April 2017

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Presenter: Professor Lelia Green

Title: Is big brother more at risk than little sister? The sibling factor in online risk and opportunity.

Biography: Lelia Green is Professor of Communications in the School of Arts and Humanities. She began working with the EU Kids Online project in 2006 as a member of the International Advisory Board. She led the 2010-11 AU Kids Online research project with Dr Danielle Brady. Latterly, along with Dr Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson and Kelly Jaunzems, Lelia has been researching the lives of very young children (0-5) online.

Abstract: This presentation is based on a forthcoming article in New Media and Society that uses data from the 25,142-child study EU Kids Online to investigate the impact of sibling status on a child’s experience of online risk and opportunities. In general, the effects associated with having a sibling appear to be comparatively small. The presence of older siblings slightly increases use and skills, while younger siblings are associated with slight reductions. These dynamics are particularly visible in the use of social networking sites. Older siblings have the effect of increasing the range and number of online activities pursued by their younger siblings. Patterns around concerning exposure to risk and possible harm are not straightforward but the evidence does not indicate that younger children with an older sibling are at increased risk. Where younger aged children have even younger siblings, this is associated with a slight reduction in risk, whereas older-aged children with a younger sibling, and only children, appear to experience slight increases in risk.


Presenter: Dr Kay Hearn

Title: Tianjin Goes Bang

Biography: Kay Hearn lecturers in the Humanities and Politics. Her main research is on the ways in which the Chinese government manages the Internet and how it has responded to the challenges the technology has presented the regime and the way in which that technology has been subsumed to the demands of the state. She has published on cyber security and international relations, blogging and citizens journalism, gaming and NGO online practices in the PRC. Currently her work focuses on the ways in which disasters and accidents are managed with a blending of propaganda and public relations spin.

Abstract: On the evening of August 12, 2015 several massive explosions in a chemical storage warehouse rocked the port city of Tianjin in northern China. Disasters often expose corruption at the provincial level and the Internet means that things cannot be covered up from the central government. Secondly the central government, under Xi Jinping, has merged Public Relations strategies with more overt forms of propaganda to manage these kinds of events. A case study of the Tianjin explosions and the aftermath serve as an illustration of the way in which the Internet, and it’s management, has been used to reassert central authority over the narratives that circulate around such events in order to bolster the legitimacy of the regime. These frames are consistent with the Public Relations crisis cycle with ‘Chinese characteristics’.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 10, Room 10.308
Cost: Free
Light lunch will be provided

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