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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: 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 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

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

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

Packaging Chinese provincial basic and Internet indicators for research: pyCHNadm1

Following my previous efforts in repackaging size indicators for the countries in the world (pyCountrySize), now I have packaged pyCHNadm1 which includes Chinese provincial basic and Internet indicators for research. Researchers (especially those who are familiar with python, pandas, and their scientific and visualization tools) can explore and navigate the dataset more easily. Currently it contains 27 annual indicators (till 2013), most of them across 31 mainland Chinese regions at provincial level. Continue reading

The deadline is approaching for P&I’s Special Issue on Social Data Science and the Chinese Web.

The deadline (1 March, 2015) is approaching for the Policy and Internet: Special Issue on Social Data Science and the Chinese Web. The Call For Papers can be found here:




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