China’s mass adoption of digital technologies has made data the lifeblood of every aspect of society. The government quickly adopted a national big data strategy and embraced the concept of “data sovereignty.” Second, China has become a global investor in the digital sector, which not only enables digital connectivity but also provokes geopolitical controversies worldwide.

Lizhi Liu, “The Rise of Data Politics: Digital China and the World,” Studies in Comparative International Development, March 19, 2021

As you can imagine, I am so pleased to see this must read article. H/T to the CSIS Pekingology Podcast for raising its profile. The article is open access on Springer now. Although it does not touch on the political program of Digital China, it is a serious and desperately needed academic study on data politics and China. I don’t think there is another like it in English. I hope we will see more.

Also, hear Lizhi Liu talking about “The Rise of Data Politics” on the CSIS Pekingology Podcast with Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette.