Harnessing the power of collaborative filtering: Comparing the network gatekeeping of Baidu Baike and Chinese Wikipedia

Liao, Han-Teng, (2015). Harnessing the power of collaborative filtering: Comparing the network gatekeeping of Baidu Baike and Chinese Wikipedia. China Perspectives, (4), 35-49

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  • Sub-type Journal article
    Author Liao, Han-Teng
    Title Harnessing the power of collaborative filtering: Comparing the network gatekeeping of Baidu Baike and Chinese Wikipedia
    Appearing in China Perspectives
    Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2015
    Place of Publication Hong Kong
    Publisher French Centre for Research on Contemporary China
    Start page 35
    End page 49
    Language eng
    Abstract China's Internet development raises questions on the interplay of user autonomy and Internet governance in the larger Chinese-language online cultural sphere. To what extent has user autonomy been established to conduct information gatekeeping collaboratively online? To examine how the power of Chinese-language Internet users has been harnessed in relation to the filtering and censorship regime, the article applies the concept of "network gatekeeping" to analyse two major user-generated websites, Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Baike, as different examples of collaborative filtering projects. Effectively they share "word-of-mouth" recommendations on encyclopaedic knowledge and information by user-contributors to edit content from different parts of the world. Two salient network gatekeeping mechanisms have emerged: the censorship mechanisms in Baidu Baike and internationalisation/localisation mechanisms in Chinese Wikipedia. The findings show a contrast between the two interaction patterns, indicating mainland-centric versus transnational Chinese gatekeeping processes employing different kinds of collaborative filtering and different levels of user autonomy.
    UNBIS Thesaurus CHINESE
    PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
    Keyword Internet censorship
    Internet governance
    Information resource management
    Encyclopedias and dictionaries
    Copyright Holder French Centre for Research on Contemporary China
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 2070-3449
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