This blog post provides some basic geo-linguistic analysis of the findings explained in the previous blog post. Geo-linguistic information can be extracted from the data to consider the geographic and linguistic factors of the web links (Liao, Petzold, 2011). Continue reading
It has been reported that (and speculated why) the global leader of search engines Google has consistently favoured the global leader of user-generated encyclopedias Wikipedia by showing relevant pages frequently and prominently in the search engine result pages (thereafter SERPs) (?uhalev, 2006; Charlton, 2012; Gray, 2007; Silverwood-Cope, 2012). Based on 3000-search query SERP data collected in 2012, I have also found that indeed “Wikipedias” too dominate “Chinese-language” search engine result pages(SERPs) as the most visible websites, but a clear difference in which “Chinese” Wikipedia dominate “which Chinese search engine” result pages. Continue reading
Because of the central role of submarine cable in the global Internet infrastructure, the locality of the Internet development is historically embedded in the maritime history of the world, with its geopolitical, cultural and political implications. Continue reading
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Submarine communications cables make the global Internet, thereby indicating the uses, investment, expectations, geographic diffusion and historical dependencies of its development. Based on the figures and arguments made in this article , the two animated images below show how the … Continue reading
Digital Chinese characters not only set the first major milestone for a multilingual Internet, but also symbolizes a historical turn for Chinese (probably East Asian) modernity regarding modern media and literacy for the following reasons. Continue reading
It has been reported by major media such as BBC (Hewitt, 2012) and the Atlantic (Rosen, 2011) that one can express much more content, if using other languages other than English, under the arbitrary limit imposed by certain online media or computer-mediated communication platforms, notably the 140-character limit of Twitter or the 140-byte limit of Short Message Service (SMS). Examples of Chinese (Chan, 2010) and Japanese (Summers, 2010) are often cited as “more expressive” languages Continue reading