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Yik Chan Chin

Yik Chan Chin

Associate Fellow

Yik Chan Chin is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Beijing Normal University. Prior to joining Beijing Normal University (BNU), she worked at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool Univresity, Hong Kong Baptist University, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford and University of Westminster. Her principle research interests are concerned with Internet Governance, Digital Policy, Regulation and Law, and Digital Ethics with a particular focus on China.

Related activities


Dr Chin is the Outreach and Partnership Committee Chair of the Global Network of Internet Governance Academics (Giganet),Vice-chair of the Public Media Policies (PMP) Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Member of ICANN’s Asian, Australasian and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO),Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group (MSG) member of the Asian Pacific Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) and Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group (MSG) member of the China Internet Governance Forum (China IGF).



Drawing on her research background in computer science, communication, and regulation, Dr. Chin’s research interests center around policy and governance of information communication technology from an interdisciplinary perspective, explaining how the social foundation promotes changes in the ICT policies, regulations and governance.

Current research subjects include:

  • Comparative Study of Governance of Social Media Platforms: comparative studies of governance principles, models and laws of content and market access of social media platforms in China, US and EU.
  • Global Political Economy of Knowledge Regulation: a study of the regulations of sovereignty in cyberspace by EU and China through the lens of knowledge structure power perspective.
  • Governing Cross-Border Data Flows and International Trade Agreements: explores the limits of international agreements in regulating cross-border data flows, especially the developing and less developed countries’ roles in digital trade rulemaking.
  • Internet Governance during the Ukraine-Russia Conflicts: investigates the Internet regulatory and governance issues arose during the Ukraine-Russia military conflicts.


Selected publications


Yik Chan Chin, Jingwu Zhao (forthcoming). Governing Cross-Border Data Flows : International trade agreements and their limits, MDPI Laws. Special Issue on “International Law as a driver of Internet Governance”.

Yik Chan Chin (forthcoming) Balancing Right to Information and Right to Data Protection in the Digital Era: the Case of China, in Minna Horowitz & Hannu Nieminen; Katja Lehtisaari; Alessandro D’Arma (eds.) Epistemic Rights in the Era of Digital Disruption, Palgrave-MacMillan: London.

Yik Chan Chin (2022) Chinese Media Policy, Routledge Encyclopedia of Chinese Studies, Routledge: London

Yik Chan Chin, Ahan Park, Ke Li (2022) A Comparative Study on Disinformation Governance in Chinese and American Social Media Platforms, Policy & Internet, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1002/poi3.301.

Muller, Milton & Yik Chan Chin (2022) Editorial: Platform governance by competing systems of political economy: The United States and China. Policy & Internet, https://doi.org/10.1002/poi3.306

Chin, Yik Chan and Li, Ke (2021) A Comparative analysis of Cyber Sovereignty Policies in China and the EU. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3900752 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3900752

Yik Chan Chin (2020) Internet Governance in China: the network governance approach. In Zhenxu Wang and Dragan Pavlicevic (eds.) Social Relations and Political Development in China: Change and Continuty in the ‘New Era’. London: Routledge, pp: 134-153. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003032151-8/internet-governance-china-yik-chan-chin

Yik Chan Chin (2018) Legitimation of Media Regulation in China, Chinese Political Science Review, 3(2), 172-194. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41111-018-0099-x

Yik Chan Chin (2016) Television Regulation and Media Policy in China. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203798751

Yik Chan Chin (2015) “Constitutional rights and truth and fair comment defences in Chinese right to reputation lawsuits”. Media and Arts Law Review, 20:422-452. https://ssrn.com/abstract=2790750

Yik Chan Chin (2014) “Privilege and Public Opinion Supervision Defenses in China’s Right to Reputation Litigation”, Media and Arts Law Review, 19:276-299. https://ssrn.com/abstract=2525102

Yik Chan Chin (2012) “Public Service Broadcasting, Public Interest and Individual Rights in China”, Media, Culture & Society, 34(7): 898–912 https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443712452700

Yik Chan Chin (2011) “Policy Process, Policy Learning, and the Role of Provincial Media in China”, Media, Culture and Society, 33(2):193-210 https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443710393381

Areas of expertise

  • Internet Governance
  • Digital Policy
  • Digital Ethics
  • Chinese media/internet governnace