Global Studies Colloquium: "BRICS de-Americanizing the Internet?"

Wednesday, May 19 at 12:30pm

The Department of Global Studies' Colloquium Series is a lecture series, which has been made possible by the generosity of the Orfalea Endowment for the Master's Program in Global Studies.  The Colloquium Series strives to open and explore a wide range of interdisciplinary debates and their interaction and engagement with the global, hosting new guest speakers each quarter from UCSB and beyond.  The upcoming event will be hosted via Zoom on Wednesday, May 19th at 12:30pm. Zoom link is (Meeting ID: 842 4656 4996). Please see below for the featured talk:


Daya Thussu, BRICS de-Americanizing the Internet?

While the Internet continues to be dominated by the United States in terms of its infrastructure, economics and governance, this domination is increasingly being challenged by the BRICS (Brazil, Russian, India, China and South Africa) countries, notably China, Russia and India. China already has the world’s largest Internet population, followed by India, primarily driven by mobile communications. With the world becoming increasingly mobile, networked and digitized, it is suggested that the BRICS communication flows will help to pluralize information and communication agendas and help create a new global communication order, leading to a de-Americanization of the Internet. The BRICS nations are playing an important role in this process, given their growing presence and assertiveness related to global cyber-issues, despite some strong divergences within the group. The paper discusses the process of de-Americanization within five domains: infrastructure, commerce, regulation, weaponization and surveillance of cyber space, and the developmental dimensions of the Internet. In all five domains, the contributions of the BRICS nations are delineated, especially in relation to the dominant agenda setters for the Internet, namely the US and the digital corporations based there.


Daya Thussu is Professor of International Communication at the Hong Kong Baptist University. He was Distinguished Visiting Professor and Inaugural Disney Chair in Global Media, 2018-19, at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University in Beijing. For many years he was Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre as well as research advisor to the China Media Centre at the University of Westminster in London. Professor Thussu is the Founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication. Author or editor of 20 books, his latest co-edited book is BRICS Media: Reshaping the Global Communication Order? Among his other main publications are: Electronic Empires; International Communication - Continuity and Change (third edition); Media on the Move – Global Flow and Contra-flow; News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment; Internationalizing Media Studies; Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (co-edited); Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood; Mapping BRICS Media (co-edited) and China’s Media Go Global (co-edited). He is currently writing a book to be titled Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication.

For more information about the Colloquium Series, please contact Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Global Studies Colloquium Director:

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff


Social Sciences


global studies, colloquium, current, Current-Feature


Global Studies
Google Calendar iCal Outlook