Telum Talks To... Jack Zhou Wenmeng, Chief Editor, New Infrastructure, InfoQ

Telum Talks To... Jack Zhou Wenmeng, Chief Editor, New Infrastructure, InfoQ

New infrastructure is China's latest buzzword in 2020 with all eyes on how these high-tech investments can lead to new growth engines and the revitalisation of traditional industries. Jack Zhou Wenmeng, Chief Editor of InfoQ's new infrastructure section, shared with Telum Media the latest trends in this area. 

"New infrastructure" is a pretty broad term. Tell us more about this and the new editorial section you are running as Chief Editor. 
InfoQ set up the new infrastructure column in early June this year, focusing on macro-industrial policies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, chips and other digital information technology fields. We focus a lot on the policy side of things, but I'm also responsible for the "New Infrastructure 50 People" series covering the big names in the internet and telecommunication sectors. To find out more, visit our page

What can "new infrastructure" bring to traditional industries? Can you name a few industries or companies that can be boosted by it? 
New infrastructure has three main components, namely information infrastructure, converged infrastructure and innovation infrastructure. At present, we mainly focus on information infrastructure as it is most relevant to large enterprises, such as publicly-listed technology companies. In boosting their technological capabilities, these communication infrastructures can naturally provide a boost to these companies in enhancing their existing platforms and expanding their ecosystems.
 
In addition to covering 5G, artificial intelligence and big data, we also report on smaller IT enterprises with strong technical backgrounds, such as start-ups that have secured series C fundings. These companies can potentially form the backbone of the future technology ecosystem. To give a few names, these companies include SenseTime, Megvii and 4Paradigm.

InfoQ's reporting style is more academic. What values do you want to bring to your readers?
InfoQ used to be more academic or technical. But late last year, we began to do more reporting on businesses and industries themselves. The series of reports on "New Infrastructure 50 People" is a good example. 
 
Our core advantage is that we are very influential in our own field, as our partners include Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu and Huawei. Through our reporting, we strive to meet corporate needs in brand building and talent recruitment, among other things. We have also become a platform where traditional industries can come to find out new trends in emerging technologies.
 
We are always open to collaboration as we grow. In this connection, we hope to interact with more corporate friends.

What kind of contacts are you open to reaching out to?
We are technology-oriented. Therefore, we hope to establish contacts with corporate technology executives, CTOs and PRs of technology brands in the fields of 5G, AI and chips.

Any particular companies you are keen on covering recently?
Recently, I have focused on overseas information technology enterprises in China, such as Microsoft China, AWS China, and enterprises providing related landing services for them, such as 21 Vianet Blue Cloud. 

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to read about anything tech-related, from how things are playing out in the midst of the Sino-US row to the so-called technology decoupling. I also like watching cool and interesting videos relating to technology products or industry gossips. 

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