2017-2019 Incoming Executive Committee – Open Seat

At the annual meeting, AoIR transitions its Executive Committee. Over the next few weeks, we will post interviews from our incoming Executive Committee, as we welcome them into the leadership of the Association.

Jack Qiu
2017-2019 AoIR Executive Committee – Open Seat

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I started to do Internet research since 1995. Most of my work has to do with how Chinese workers use digital media, especially the mobile phone, in their daily work and life, at at critical events. I also work on the sharing economy these days including both corporate platforms and local platform coops in Hong Kong and southeast Asia.

What is your AoIR Executive Committee position?
Open Seat

What motivated you to serve on the Executive Committee for AoIR?
The great reputation of AoIR. I first heard about it many many years from Bill Dutton, my grad school professor, who praised AoIR highly. I also happen to know Axel Bruns pretty well, and am really thrilled to work with him in the ExCo.

How long have you been involved with AoIR? How many conferences have you attended?
I’ve only attended AoIR once in Daegu, Korea. But I’ve been on the AoIR mailing list for maybe a decade. It’s such a wonderful resource!

What is/are your current research interests?
ICTs and the working class, the gig economy, social movements, in the contexts of China, Hong Kong, and southeast Asia

What is your favorite meme or YouTube video? Please provide a link to it if you can.
iSlave. See https://newint.org/features/2011/04/01/islave-foxconn-suicides-workers