About Andy Yee

Andy Yee is a policy analyst for Google in Asia Pacific, and a former researcher at the Political Section of the European Union Delegation to China in Beijing. He writes at Global Voices Online, China Geeks and East Asia Forum. Find him on Twitter @ahkyee.

Articles by Andy Yee

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China’s self-defeating war with information

China’s desire to become a dominant global economy while being disconnected from the global information society is a self-defeating proposition.

The internet and Tolstoy’s vision of history

The digital age brings with it the promise of micro observation and indefinite memory. This will bring about a different approach to history - similar to what Tolstoy described one and a half century ago.

Revolt of the meritocrats

There was a time when privilege, social responsibility and public service went together. Could it return?

Domestic politics fuel maritime disputes in East Asia

The recent intensification of the dispute between China and Vietnam has highlighted the volatile and unpredictable nature of maritime disputes in East Asia. Despite the prevalence of nationalist sentiments, historical grievances and geopolitical interests, it is domestic politics that render these disputes more complicated, unpredictable and dangerous.

Andy Yee

In 2050, the World Social Forum entered its 10th anniversary since it became a globalised event, concurrently held every year in Beijing, Berlin, Johannesburg, New Dehli, New York and São Paulo. It was the year the number of participants broke the one million mark. Here participants enthusiastically debated about the creation of a more democratic, egalitarian and sustainable world system.

It is hard to pin down the exact beginning of this global movement. But the background is essentially this: over the past few decades, the world has become increasingly inegalitarian, both within and across countries, as the result of a blind faith in neo-liberalism; political systems are not really democratic; in democracies and autocracies alike, there exists a privileged class with seemingly unlimited greed at the expense of the rest.

A prolonged economic and ecological crisis three decades into the 21st century is all that is needed to ignite social movements which swiped across the globe. In 2034, the last World Economic Forum in Davos was held. The subsequent decade saw the downfall, one by one, of the old regimes. Replacing them were political parties with huge followings of grassroots, the have-nots, and young people holding the banner of ‘equality, dignity and morality’.

Conference participants are still grappled with the remnant challenges brought about by the vices of neo-liberal globalisation and capitalism. But we are beginning to see a move away from the polarising and inegalitarian nature of our obsolete system.

Worldmapper: World in 2002. Territory size shows the proportion of worldwide wealth found there, adjusted for local purchasing power. © Copyright SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).

Where does the west stand on global freedom of expression?

US talk of global freedom of expression and an open internet sit uneasily with their sharp clampdown on Wikileaks. Can the west be honest with itself?

Politics of Fear

We live in a highly organised climate of fear. If security organisations depend upon fear and paranoia to sustain their existence, Wikileaks suggests using the same tools to hold them to account.

Between Principle and Pragmatism

Will realpolitik prove to be the Achilles heels in western promotion of human rights in China?

China rising: what would Mackinder do?

Will China follow the course Mackinder plotted in relation to Tsarist Russia, turning inward once maritime expansion is checked?

Crisis of democracy

From the Enron debacle to the BP catastrophe, the principal architects of our society have abused the trust they enjoy because of their specialized knowledge. It’s time, on the world stage, for the emergence of ‘omni-competent citizens’

China and the West: the hedgehog's dilemma

China has liberalised significantly since the Incident of 1989, but America and Europe are coming to the realisation that ultimately China holds different values

A brave new world?

Is there a good response to China's ‘resilient capitalist authoritarianism’?

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