Han-Teng Liao

 Han-Teng Liao

Han-Teng Liao is a student of various disciplines whose research aims to reconsider the role of keywords (sociolinguistics) and hyperlinks (webometrics) in shaping groups (governance) as bearers of ideas (political communications).

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Han-Teng Liao is a student of various disciplines whose research aims to reconsider the role of keywords (as in understanding "keyword advertising" using knowledge from sociolinguistics and information science) and hyperlinks (webometrics) in shaping the sense of "fellow users" in digital networked environments. 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, all from the National Taiwan University.

Specifically, his DPhil project is a comparative study of two major user-contributed Chinese encyclopedias, Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Baike. Based on data of various sources (webometric data, public discourses, field observations and interviews), he expects that Chinese Wikipedia, as the local embodiment of the larger global Wikipedia movement, has the potential to integrate knowledge from previously segregated linguistic, political and cultural spheres among regions such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. More so than Baidu Baike which, as a follow-on and competing project launched by China's leading search engine company, in effect reinforces Beijing's official boundary between filtered and unfiltered Internet.

For latest updates on publications, please see the list of publications or the list of conference presentations on his website.

Research Agenda

Using the empirical findings of the comparative case study of Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Baike, Han-Teng has developed a conceptual framework that is not confined to the Chinese-language Internet, but rather a set of conceptual and methodological tools to understand the formation and interconnection of online language areas: Both human- and computer-based efforts shape the way people exchange, explore and prioritise their voices. As a result, digitised linguistic and geographic materials become the necessary conditions for the way in which online language areas (or Net Sprachraum) are made and interconnected.

This concept of online language areas fills the gap, and resolves some tensions, between the concept of "networked individualism" and "nationalised cyberspace", pointing to some of the significant recent Internet development, including Chinese-speaking and Arabic-speaking Internets, as online language areas that play central roles in realising and shaping the way how the Internet is truly inter-connected, both within and across, languages and regions.

Research interests

net linguistics, Chinese-written Internet, Internet governance, political communication, Internet filtering

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil student, October 2007 -

Research

Current projects

Publications

Articles

Chapters

  • Liao, H.-T. (2013) Online Encyclopedia (网上/网络百科全书); User Generated Content (用户生成内容). In L. Cheng (Ed.) The Internet in China: An Encyclopedic Handbook of Online Business, Information Distribution, and Social Connectivity. Berkshire Publishing.
  • Petzold, T., and Liao, H.-T. (2011) Geo-linguistic analysis of the World Wide Web: The use of cartograms and network analysis to understand linguistic development in Wikipedia. In D. Araya, Y. Breindl, and T. J. Houghton (Eds), Nexus: New Intersections in Internet Research. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 55–75.

Conference papers

  • Liao, H.-T. (2013) How do Baidu Baike and Chinese Wikipedia filter contribution? A case study of network gatekeeping (Under review). WikiSym 2013: The Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration, Hong Kong, 5-7 August 2013.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2013) How does localisation influence online visibility of user-generated encyclopaedias? A case study on Chinese-language Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs). WikiSym 2013: The Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration, Hong Kong, 5-7 August 2013.
  • Liao, H.-T., Fu, K., Jiang, M., and Wang, N. (2013) Chinese Web Data: Definition, Uses, and Scholarship. 11th Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC 2013), Oxford, UK, 15 June 2013.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2013) How does Chinese localisation influence online visibility? A study on Chinese-language Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs). 11th Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC 2013), Oxford, UK, 15 June 2013.
  • Nigh, A., and Liao, H.-T. (2011) Linguistic Networked Readiness Index for selected languages in China. 9th Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC 2011). Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2011) Linguistic Networked Readiness and Its Policy Implications: Selected Cases in India and China. 11th Annual Conference on Science and Technology in Society, Washington DC.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2011) The cultural politics of user-generated encyclopaedias: Comparing Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Baike. 4th International Forum for Contemporary China Studies (IFCCS4), University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2011) The cultural politics of user-generated encyclopaedias: Comparing Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Baike. Digital East Asia conference 2011. Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC) at Leiden University, Heague, the Netherlands.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2011) Keyword economy of the Web: Seeking order in open linguistic materials. Theorizing the Web Conference 2011, College Park, MD.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2010) Keyword Economy: Search engines as techno-linguistic artefacts. 60th Annual Meeting of of the International Communication Association, Singapore.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2010) Diffusion of innovation in the Chinese-written Internet: replacing early adopters. Networks in Chinese Society, Pembroke College, Oxford UK.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2010) Selective Diffusion of the ICT development in East Asia. Annual Conference of European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), Tubingen, Germany.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2010) Diffusion of Digital Hanzi (Chinese Characters) technology in East Asia. In IOS-IASA Joint Workshop of Young Sociologists. Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taipei.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2010) User-generated Encyclopedia as Critical Case of Keyword Economy. Critical Point Of View: Wikiwars. The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2009) Special speech zones and diversity in the Chinese-written Internet. 7th Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC 2009). Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2009) From Standard Follower to Network Player: Taiwan's Place in the World's Internet. 15th Annual North American Taiwan Studies Conference. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2009) The plausibility of estimating linguistic diversity using online encyclopaedias. WebSci'09: Society On-Line, Athens, Greece.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2008) Chinese-written Internet: diversity and segregation. 6th Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC 2008). The Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2008) Using Wikimedia's resources for learning Mandarin Chinese. Languages of the wider world: valuing diversity. SOAS, University of London.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2008) Conflictual consensus in the Chinese version of Wikipedia. 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 08). Fredericton, Canada.
  • Liao H.-T. (2008) On "Dai-tong"/Commons: An Internet construct (論帶同: 一個互聯網的建構概念). 10th Annual Conference of Communication Association of China, Shenzhen, China.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2008) Redefining Chinese Internet and cyber-nationalism: the case of the Chinese version of Wikipedia. China Postgraduate Network, Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Oxford, UK.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2008) How the two Chinese online encyclopaedias document the Olympic flame relay. Documenting the Beijing Olympics, SOAS, University of London.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2008) How Wiki can exploit linguistic diversity. WikiSym 2008, Porto, Portugal.
  • Liao, H.-T. (2008) A webometric comparison of Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Baike and its implications for understanding the Chinese-speaking Internet. 9th annual Internet Research Conference: Rethinking Community, Rethinking Place. Copenhagen.

Presentations

  • Hale, S. A., Petzold, T. and Liao, H. (2011) Language and the Internet: Developing a language-intelligent approach. Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany, 28 October 2011.

Theses

  • Liao, H.-T. (2004) From Commemorations to Carnivals: On Emergent Popular-Culture Nationalism in Taiwan [in Chinese, English abstract available] (Dissertation for MA Journalism: University of Taiwan).

Working papers

Thesis

Liao, H. (forthcoming) The Cultural Politics of User-Generated Encyclopedias: Comparing Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

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