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Vodcast#45 - China's Digital Governance goes Local by Jan Kot

You are what you read - Understanding a culture by understanding their #media landscape.

Information and Communication Technology has become the leading force in promoting governance modernization in #China.

It seeks to increase the use of Internet technology as a tool to promote citizen-state interaction and to increase the availability of social services through what is known as "e-government,"

In today’s video, Jan Kot, China Media & Intercultural Coach shares real-life examples of how digital governance is no longer a far-fetched idea in China but a reality for many local governments.

For instance, the case of how a smart camera installed on the ground floor of every building is installed not to prevent crime, as one would expect, but to ensure safety and security for the vulnerable in society.

Watch Jan’s video for more such interesting stories.

Digital governance is increasingly proving to be not just a means to provide greater convenience to citizens and businesses but also a valuable tool for local governments to become more efficient and responsive.

About the Speaker:

Jan Kot is a certified coach specializing in intercultural storytelling with her S.T.O.R.Y model. The former journalist was born and raised in Shanghai, educated in Hong Kong and the US. With a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in creative writing, Jan has over the years taken a ring-side seat in witnessing and documenting China’s rise to global power.

During her earlier career, Jan worked as a reporter for a number of news and business publications in the region with a focus on China’s social and cultural transformation as the country in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. She was also one of the first Chinese writers to report on Chinese in Africa. In 2011, Jan became a founding member of Juwai.com, an international property portal for the Chinese. In 2019, Jan founded The Tale Blazers in Shanghai, a consultancy agency that empowers brands and businesses to tell better stories. Jan speaks English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

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