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Goodbye iSlaveA Manifesto for Digital Abolition$
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Jack Linchuan Qiu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040627

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040627.001.0001

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Molding and Resisting Appconn

Molding and Resisting Appconn

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(p.119) 5 Molding and Resisting Appconn
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Goodbye iSlave
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Jack Linchuan Qiu

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040627.003.0005

This chapter explains the rise of Appconn, with special attention to its pitfalls. Besides the usual factors of global capital and national policymaking, emphasis is attached to the local state in China, which constitutes arguably a more important force than the will of Beijing. Most of this chapter zooms in on grassroots resistance and efforts of abolition, offering a bird's-eye view of WGC (worker-generated content) through a typology of workers' activism and collective action. The chapter then focuses on the actual scenarios of workers using social media on the picket line while at the same time defending themselves against iSlavery through digitally networked action (DNA). Several instances of the modern abolition movement are highlighted, and together, these endeavors short-circuit Appconn's efforts in labor discipline and deceptive marketing while showing possibilities of another, better world.

Keywords:   Appconn, China, grassroots resistance, abolition, WGC, social media, iSlavery, DNA, abolition, activism

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