Thanks to Dr. Angel Lin‘s invitation, I will be giving a talk at the University of Hong Kong. Google map of the building, Runme Shaw Building (邵仁枚樓) is provided here.
- 13 August 2013 (Tuesday), 12:45 – 2:00 pm
- Room 205, Runme Shaw Building (邵仁枚樓), HKU
- Faculty Research Theme: L1 & L2 Academic Literacies
- Chair: Dr. Angel Lin
Geo-linguistic Realities and “Imaginary Cosmopolitanism”: Repurposing filter bubble devices for new (cross-cultural) literacies
There seems to be a widening gap between perceiving and using the Internet and digital technologies: we feel as if we are connected to the rest of the world but the actual information and media consumption is rather parochial. We face the issues of “Imaginary Cosmopolitanism” (Zuckerman, 2010) and information “Filter Bubbles” (Pariser, 2011). Anecdotally, I was also told by several Hong Kong educators that despite the fact that Hong Kong is a well-connected global city, many Hong Kong students suffer from narrow parochial views of their life world. As my research has been focusing on analysing geographic and linguistic factors for Internet and digital social research, I see some of the theoretical and methodological tools can be repurposed for building new (cross-cultural) literacies by helping both teachers and students first to recognize the existence of information filter bubbles, then to understand the underlying mechanism, and finally to repurpose these information sorting and summarizing devices, which together can contribute to the “new literacies” practices. These devices include search engine results, keyword suggestions (e.g. Google autocomplete), user-generated encyclopedias, popularity metrics in social media websites, etc. I will demonstrate viable and tangible options for better cosmopolitan learning and thinking so as to make “think global, act local” more than just a slogan or a dream.
About the Speaker:
A summer fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), Han-Teng Liao examines how geographic and linguistic factors (humanities and social sciences) and hyperlinked web data (webometrics and information science) shape the sense of ”fellow users” in digital networked environments. With more than twelve years of combined information science, media/communication and open source/open data working experience, his research focus has been on user-generated content and data, Web analytics (webometrics), Chinese Internet Research and integrated digital research designs (both qualitative and quantitative). He enjoys networking with professionals on the geographic and linguistic growth/dynamics/exchanges of the Internet. He holds an MSc in Computer Science and Information Engineering, an MA in Journalism, a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures. At the Oxford Internet Institute, his PhD project compares two Chinese user-contributed encyclopedias, Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Baike.
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