Professor Angela Xiao Wu Received ICA Outstanding Article Award
 

Professor Angela Xiao Wu Received ICA Outstanding Article Award

04/2015

Prof. Angela Xiao Wu recently received the 20150409bookcoversInternational Communication Association (ICA) Outstanding Article Award for her article entitled “Does the Great Firewall Really Isolate the Chinese? Integrating Access Blockage with Cultural Factors to Explain Web User Behavior” co-authored with Prof. Harsh Taneja. A ceremony will be held on May 23 at the 2015 ICA Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This award honors an article published in a refereed journal during the previous two calendar years. Selection criteria include coherence of argument, quality of conceptual development, and effective use of evidence. The selection committee prefers articles that promise to be influential over time, within a particular field of communication and also across fields.

Her article was published in Volume 30, Issue 5 of The Information Society: An International Journal. It questioned the dominant understanding of Internet censorship which posits that blocking access to foreign-based websites creates isolated communities of Internet users. They examined the global web use patterns and revealed a greater role of cultural proximity than access blockage in explaining online behaviors.

In his nomination letter, Prof. James G. Webster, who is a leading scholar in the field, wrote: “The article takes up a question that is of broad interest to academics, policy-makers and many members of the general public; to what extent are Chinese internet users isolated from the rest of the World Wide Web and is the “Great Firewall” responsible? There’s a good deal of rhetoric and theorizing that surround this question, but surprisingly little empirical work to tell us what’s actually going on. Taneja and Wu intervene in this conversation with research that is theoretically grounded and based on high quality data that are analyzed in inventive ways. The result is a powerful demonstration of how carefully conceived and executed communication research can address multiple audiences and inform questions of public importance.”

 

 

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