Highlights of the WebSci ’15 paper: How much is said in a microblog?

Thanks to the co-authors Dr. Scott A. Hale and Dr. King-Wa Fu and the helpful comments of anonymous reviewers of the ACM Web Science 2015 Conference, our collaborative efforts have been accepted as one of the formal papers. Here are some highlights and the links to some versions of full text. Continue reading Highlights of the WebSci ’15 paper: How much is said in a microblog?

The New Internet World: Lens of UN, World Bank, and CIA categorization

If your website aspires to be a global one, then you need a baseline to examine whether the traffic is truly global. In a previous blog post, I have tried to compare the historical trend of Internet users distribution around the world, and its relevance to the notion of the “New Internet world“. However, it was done using only the CIA’s categorization of countries in the world, and there are different geographic categorization schemes such as UN and World Bank. This blog post presents some figures and discuss its relevance for global websites to measure their incoming traffic. Continue reading The New Internet World: Lens of UN, World Bank, and CIA categorization

Comparing language development in Wikipedia in terms of page views per Internet users

You might be surprised. Which language version of Wikipedia enjoys the most page views per language Internet user than expected? It is Finnish. In terms of absolute positive and negative gap, English has the widest positive gap whereas Chinese has the largest negative gap. Continue reading Comparing language development in Wikipedia in terms of page views per Internet users

The New Internet World: the rise of digital (East) Asia (CIA categorization)

In terms of the Internet users, the notion of the “New Internet world” does indeed have a clear geographic shift. The categorization and then visualization of world’s Internet users into the CIA’s 11 geographic categorization, clearly shows the rise of now first-ranking East Asia, surpassing both Europe and North America combined since 2010. This blog post presents some figures and milestones. Continue reading The New Internet World: the rise of digital (East) Asia (CIA categorization)

The rise of networked popular sovereignty against the territory-based information/internet sovereignty: the case of Wikimedia suing the US government

This piece of news has profound implications for us to reflect on the relationship between data and society. The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation hosts Wikipedia, sues the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice (U.S.) for mass surveillance. This news is also reported by Russian Today and China’s Global Times. There is an implicit irony that points to the need for more practices and discourses based on popular sovereignty, instead of territory-based information/internet sovereignty that has been championed by China and Russia (or Sino-Russian vision of “Internet sovereignty”, as put by Min Jiang). Using the case of Wikimedia, this blog post will explain why we need to revisit the concept of popular sovereignty before considering territory-based information/internet sovereignty. Continue reading The rise of networked popular sovereignty against the territory-based information/internet sovereignty: the case of Wikimedia suing the US government

Correlation between the economy size and the Internet users in mainland Chinese regions: 2004-2013

Continuing the analytically breaking up China efforts to see both overall and internal dynamics, this blog post visualized the relationship between the size of economy for each mainland Chinese regions and the number of Internet users. Continue reading Correlation between the economy size and the Internet users in mainland Chinese regions: 2004-2013

Regional distribution of websites in mainland China: 2011-2013

I have been arguing that researchers must break up China analytically to see the internal dynamics. Here in this blog post I visualized the relationship between the number of websites versus the size of economy for each mainland Chinese regions, with interesting findings on where the websites are hosted. Continue reading Regional distribution of websites in mainland China: 2011-2013