China’s Factory of Ideas – Chinese internet culture exported

Get ready for the future of the internet, courtesy of China—Tech giants like Weibo, Alibaba and Tencent spent years growing behind the Great Firewall, nurtured by the Chinese Xi Jinping government. Now, they’re using their power, technology, and influence to shape all of our digital lives.

Quartz reporter Isabelle Niu examines China’s multi-billion-dollar live streaming industry to understand how China is transitioning from being the world’s factory of things to a factory of ideas. Will the live streaming celebrity with revenue streams from virtual gifts business model be the next Chinese import? Will LiveMe take off in Silicon Valley?

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