The Mesh Of Civilizations

The Mesh Of Civilizations

Bogdan State is PhD candidate at Stanford University, in collaboration with other colleagues from Cornell University, Qatar Computing Research Institute and the Yahoo! Labs Barcelona is a research lab have recently published this work where they try to prove the The Clash of Civilizations theory proposed by Samuel P. Huntington in a 1992.

According to this theory:

the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future

Within this work,

Rather than examining the relations among states, we take a bottom-up view by examining the flows of email between countries, to map global patterns of cross-national integration and divi-sion based on the structure of interpersonal social ties among the populations of the world’s countries.

The figure of this post shows the outcome of the State’s research work. It shows the relationships between the countries according to the emails exchanged between them. The color of the node shows the civilization label according to Huntington’s thesis. The red arrow points out the Spain node which acts as bridge between the Western and the Latin America cluster.

As the authors argues in the discussion section one limitation is related to the fact that they investigated a communication network (there is no necessary “clash” between countries that do not communicate, and Huntington’s thesis was concerned primarily with ethnic conflict). There are also important effects associated with common language, previous colonial relationships, as well as with Hofstede’s uncertainty avoidance (UAI) measure.

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Web status 2011

JESS3 GeoSocialUniverse 2011

Inforgrafía de Jesse Thomas (JESS3).

New stars have been born and others have been scattered out across the cold recesses of Internet space. Today, Myspace is sputtering, Skype is part of the Microsoft solar system, and LinkedIn is being traded publicly. The whacky flux continues.

Mobile: 5.3 billion mobile devices are used worldwide — that’s 77 percent of the world’s population

Facebook: Now tops 629 million registered users with almost 250 million people accessing the site via mobile
Qzone: China’s version of Facebook, Qzone, is experiencing supernova-like growth with 480 million registered users

Hotmail still dominates email, but Gmail is gaining fast

Via (@TechCrunch)

Netflix mueve más tráfico que las descargas y Youtube juntos (en US) (error500.net)

Amazon ya vende más ebooks que libros de papel http://goo.gl/VsXbq

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Buscador worldwide

searcher engines worldwide

Imagen vía (http://www.multilingualwebmarketing.com/)

Google es el buscador más popular en España y en gran parte del mundo, sin embargo, la competencia para Google es realmente severa en algunos paísesRusia, China y Corea. Perder en tan pocos mercados no debería ser algo preocupante, sin embargo  Google no es el motor de búsqueda preferido de aproximadamente 1.600 millones de personas, un 22% de la población mundial.

En Rusia triunfa Yandex que ha conseguido  sacar partido de sus tecnologías para el indexado y búsqueda de documentos en lenguajes con símbolos cirílicos como el ruso, el ucraniano y el bielorruso. Al igual que hizo Google a partir de su servicio de búsqueda ha desarrollado todo un emporio de servicios en Internet.

yandex vs. google.com

En China Google  es usado por el 32.8% de los navegantes chinos y controla el 20% del mercado publicitario, Baidu es usado por el 62% de los internautas chinos y controla el 39% del mercado de publicidad. En este caso además de la especialización de Baidu en el lenguaje de signos chinos hay que añadir todas las presiones y situación políticas que han surgido sobre la internet.

baidu vs google trends comparation in China

En Corea del Sur del motor de búsquedas líder es Naver (70% cuota de mercado), seguido muy de lejos de Daum (14%). Yahoo! y Google estan por detras de ellos.

google vs naver vs. daum comparation in south Korea

El problema principal al igual que en China y en Rusia tiene que ver con las dificultades que ambos algoritmos encuentran con los caracteres no latinos.

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