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(Chinese Social Sciences Today)

BIG DATA

Big data development reports released

A blue book released by the Big Data Strategy Lab in Guiyang and Social Science Academic Press on May 28 showed regional imbalances in China’s regional Big Data development. According to the blue book on Big Data development evaluation in 31 provinces and 31 core cities, the development of large data in China is in the initial stage, in general, but each province is showing different development levels. Lian Yuming, director of the Big Data Strategy Lab, said Beijing, Guangdong, Shanghai and related eastern coastal areas of China with solid industrial foundations have become the core area of Big Data development, while Guizhou province, located in underdeveloped western China, has also gained a first-mover advantage through strategic innovation and it has achieved its proper place in regional competition. 

 

ECONOMICS

Income distribution reform to tackle social inequality

Jointly organized by China Institute for Income Distribution (CIID) and Business School at Beijing Normal University on May 27, the Forum on Income Distribution gathered scholars to discuss China’s income-distribution system from multiple aspects of the macroeconomic situation, including compensation and social security. Liu Hao, vice-president of the CIID, said the investment-led growth cannot be blindly followed because it would be against an even distribution of wealth among the government, enterprises and residents, inevitably affecting the majority of lower-middle-income groups and their income and consumption. Therefore, deepening reform of the income-distribution system is one of the keys to supply-side structural reform. Yue Ximing, a professor at Renmin University of China, stressed two aspects of the future income-distribution reform. The scale of the overall social security expenditure must be expanded, and the allocation structure of expenditure also should be optimized.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Network alliance for S&T industrialization established

A network alliance was launched by the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in conjunction with 120 other organizations in Beijing on May 30 to solve issues like the transformation of scientific and technological achievements to meet real social needs and the demands of enterprises. Bai Chunli, president of the CAS, said that the “Internet Plus” new service model, combining online and offline forms, can efficiently connect innovation chain, industrial chain and capital chain, which is an innovative measure to build a comprehensive and efficient industrialization system for scientific and technological achievements. The alliance will mainly focus on the CAS but also will include research findings, projects, technologies and other related service programs from domestic and foreign research institutes as well as colleges and universities that can be transformed in nearly three to five years.

 

COMMUNICATION

Cognitive communication in the age of globalization

Nearly 120 experts from China and abroad discussed cutting-edge developments in cognitive communication research at a recent forum while analyzing how to develop new approaches to communication research to promote the discipline construction of social sciences and humanities as well as cross-disciplinary studies. The forum on international cognitive communication was held from May 27 to 29 in Nankai University, Tianjin. It was co-hosed by the Global Rhetoric Society and Chinese Cognitive Communication Association. Five major topics, including formation of the international discourse field in the context of globalization, factors and subjects influencing the international discourse system, communication system of national discourse, disciplinary construction of cognitive communication and discourse studies in certain fields, were discussed at the forum.