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Database Green: Software, Environmentalism and Data Flows in China

Published in The China Quarterly. 2017, vol. 229, p. 205-217
Abstract Significant efforts towards environmental transparency have been made by the Chinese government since 2008. This paper focuses on the technical decisions shaping a database of official pollution information built and operated by a Chinese NGO known as the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE). Issues of standardization, power distribution and institutional fragmentation are discussed. The paper illustrates a case of NGOs integrating enforcement capabilities as data centres amidst the growing reliance on processes of informational governance of environmental issues.
Keywords PollutionEnvironmentInformation disclosureChinadatabaseNGOsIPEsoftware studiesstandardization
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TARANTINO, Matteo, ZIMMERMANN, Basile. Database Green: Software, Environmentalism and Data Flows in China. In: The China Quarterly, 2017, vol. 229, p. 205-217. doi: 10.1017/S0305741016001600 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:93205

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