Andrew Lih

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Andrew Lih
Wikimania2007 Andrew Lih with mic.jpg
Lih at the Wikimania conference in Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2007
Residence Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Andrew Lih (simplified Chinese: 郦安治; traditional Chinese: 酈安治; pinyin: Lì Ānzhì)[1][2] is a new media researcher, consultant and writer, as well as a noted authority on both Wikipedia and internet censorship in the People's Republic of China.[3][4][5][6] He is currently an associate professor of journalism at American University in Washington, D.C.[7]

Life and career[edit]

(Left to Right) Lih with Jimmy Wales and David Still (August 2007)

Lih, a Chinese American,[8] worked as a software engineer for AT&T Bell Labs from 1990 to 1993. He founded the new-media startup Mediabridge Infosystems in 1994. He also obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1994.[9] From 1995 to 2000 he served as an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia, and director of technology for their Center for New Media.[10] In 2000 he formed Columbia's Interactive Design Lab, a collaboration with the university's School of the Arts to explore interactive design for both fiction and non-fiction, including advertising, news, documentaries and films.[1] Soon afterward, Lih served as an assistant professor and the Director of Technology at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong.[1][11] He then moved to Beijing, China,[11] where he lived until 2009. He currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he is an associate professor at American University's School of Communication.[12]

Lih is a veteran Wikipedia contributor,[13] and in 2009 published the book The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia. Lih has been interviewed in a variety of publications, including[14] and The New York Times Freakonomics blog,[15] as an expert on Wikipedia.

Selected publications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Andrew Lih." University of Hong Kong. Retrieved on February 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "About." Andrew Lih Official Website. Retrieved on February 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Sydell, Laura (July 12, 2008). "How Do Chinese Citizens Feel About Censorship?". National Public Radio. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Tim (May 15, 2008). "China relaxes grip on internet and media after quake". The Australian. Retrieved May 11, 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Branigan, Tania (August 2, 2008). "Beijing Olympics: Government U-turn ends ban on human rights websites". Archived from the original on 30 March 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  6. ^ Spencer, Richard (January 25, 2007). "China's growing number of internet users could exceed US". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ May 3, 2013 (2013-05-03). "New Media Expert Lih Joins School of Communication | American University School of Communication Washington, DC". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Noam. "Chinese Government Relaxes Its Total Ban on Wikipedia." The New York Times. October 16, 2006. Retrieved on February 28, 2012.
  9. ^ "Academic Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  10. ^ Kramer, Staci D. (March 1, 2004). "Meet Columbia's New Media Guru". Online Journalism Review. Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b Fallows, James (March 2008). "The Connection Has Been Reset". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Joining American University in Fall 2013". Andrew Lih. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  13. ^ Sarno, David (September 30, 2007). "Wikipedia wars erupt". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  14. ^ Rossmeier, Vincent (March 24, 2009). "Are we dangerously dependent on Wikipedia?". Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  15. ^ Mengisen, Annika (June 16, 2009). "By a Bunch of Nobodies: A Q&A With the Author of The Wikipedia Revolution". Freakonomics Blog. The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 

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