Dr. Janet Hui Xue is a Research Associate at the University of Sydney where she is affiliated with the Sydney Cyber Security Network, the Department of Government and International Relations, and the  China Studies Centre. She is also a Research Associate at the One Belt One Road Programme at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. Prior to that, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (2013-2014), and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Copenhagen (2005), as well as affiliated with Network of Excellence in Internet Science. Janet’s research addresses and tackles the complex regulatory issues that arise when new technology comes into wider use by society, yet policy-making and implementation have not caught up. She investigates the tensions that are created by this and how new models for regulation and governance can strike a balance between the conflicting interest of the involved different parties. In particular, she examines the large scale of social impact by technologies and possible law enforcement in the face of security and privacy challenges as they occur in data-driven economies. Based on more than 10 years of experience in researching the Chinese digital industries, she applies a socio-legal approach in comparative studies of emerging and developed data economies. Janet once served as consultant and professional trainer in media, telecommunication, and internet industries. She is currently coaching the cross-continent Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, initiated by Atlantic Council and will be held at the University of Sydney.   Her work has appeared in important peer-reviewed journals and she has been invited to give talks at international conferences and workshops in Oxford, London, Dublin, Beijing, and Sydney. Her monograph “Regulation of Personal Data on Social Networking Sites: A Comparative Study of the UK and China” is currently under review.  Selected Research Grants
  • Research fund awarded as Principal Investigator, the National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science in China
  • Research fund awarded as Co-Principal Investigator, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney
  • Research fund awarded as Researcher, Sydney Policy Lab, University of Sydney
 Current Projects:
  • Regulatory Implications of Applying Smart Contracts in Decentralized Distributed Systems
  • Policy Scenarios for the Future(s) of Australian Cyber Security
  • Structure of Networked Individual Patient's Information Sharing through Mobile Apps: A Comparative Study of Australia and China in Rural Areas.
 Selected invited talks and presentations
  • Towards Sustainable Innovation Enabled Governance—Personal Data in  an  Open  Age,  Invited  talk  at Conference Cyber Security in the Era of Open Government, University of Sydney, 2016.
  • Issues and Development in Chinese  Media  Law  and  Policy,  invited  talk  at  the  Centre  for  Social-Legal Studies, University of Oxford,  2013.
  • Beyond Censorship: China’s Internet Governance Revisited, invited talk at Centre for Social-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, 2013.
  • Privacy Revisited in the Context of Social  Media,  ESRC  seminar  Policy,  Privacy  and  Digital  Presence, University of Glasgow, 2013.
  • Commercial Misuse of Personal Data by  Stakeholders of SNS and Its Policy Implications,  invited  talk  at  the School of Politics and Law, Communication University of China, 2013.

Research Interests

  • Models of regulation and governance of new and emerging technologies
  • Cybersecurity in finance and healthcare
  • Protection of consumers’ personal data
  • Computational socio-legal methodologies
  • Governance models in decentralized/centralized distributed systems