Zheng, Yingqin (2011). "Does ICT expand freedom: China's informatization and the agency-focused Capability Approach" Paper presented at the 8th annual conference of the HDCA, 6-8 September 2011, the Hague, the Netherlands.

This paper takes Sen’s capability approach (CA) as a point of departure, with its conception of development as expanding the real opportunities that individuals have to pursue a life as he or she considers valuable (Sen, 1999). Drawing upon a wide range of literature from various disciplines, this paper seeks to outline China’s information society and assess China’s progress in informatization in terms of its contribution to expanding the space of freedom in the Chinese society. More importantly, the paper attempts to critically evaluate the design of social arrangements in relation to people’s capabilities by incorporating discussions of power, structure and agency.