Andrew Lih

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Andrew Lih
Andrew lih at wmdc annual meeting 4653.JPG
Born1968 (age 53–54)[1]
Other namesFuzheado[2]
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationScientist and professor
Known forStudying various open technology cultures, such as Wikipedia and Wikimedia

Andrew Lih (simplified Chinese: 郦安治; traditional Chinese: 酈安治; pinyin: Lì Ānzhì; born 1968)[3][4] is a Chinese American new media researcher, consultant and writer, as well as an authority on both Wikipedia and internet censorship in the People's Republic of China.[5][6][7][8][9] In 2013 he was appointed an associate professor of journalism at American University in Washington, D.C.[10]

He is currently Wikimedian at large at the Smithsonian Institution and Wikimedia Strategist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.[11]

Life and career[edit]

Lih speaking at WikiConference USA in 2014.
External video
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video icon How Wikipedia solved the knowledge gap, Andrew Lih, TEDxAmericanUniversity, TEDx, 17:19.[12]

Lih worked as a software engineer for AT&T Bell Labs from 1990 to 1993. He founded the new-media startup Mediabridge Infosystems, Inc., in 1994 – online publisher of He also obtained a Master's degree in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1994.[13]

From 1995 to 2000 he served as an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia, and director of technology for their Center for New Media.[14] 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.[3] 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.[3][15]

He then moved to Beijing, China,[15] where he lived until 2009. In 2013 he became an associate professor at American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.C.[10]

Wikipedia activity[edit]

Lih at Wikimania, 2014

Lih is a Wikipedia contributor and administrator on the English Wikipedia.[16] In 2009, he published the book The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia. Lih has been interviewed by,[17] The New York Times Freakonomics blog,[18] and NPR Talk of the Nation[19] as an expert on Wikipedia.

Lih in 2014 speaking about paid advocacy editing on Wikipedia

Lih has stated that editing Wikipedia with smartphones is difficult, hence discouraging new potential contributors. He also says that for several years running, the number of Wikipedia editors has been falling and that there is serious disagreement among existing contributors on how to resolve this. In 2015, Lih expressed fear that these situations could imperil Wikipedia's long-term future.[20]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Lih, Andrew (2009). The Wikipedia Revolution. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6. OCLC 232977686.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Andrew Lih's academic CV
  2. ^ m:User:Fuzheado
  3. ^ a b c "Andrew Lih." University of Hong Kong. Retrieved on February 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "About Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine." Andrew Lih Official Website. Retrieved on February 28, 2012.
  5. ^ Cohen, Noam. "Chinese Government Relaxes Its Total Ban on Wikipedia." The New York Times. October 16, 2006. Retrieved on February 28, 2012.
  6. ^ Sydell, Laura (July 12, 2008). "How Do Chinese Citizens Feel About Censorship?". National Public Radio. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  7. ^ Johnson, Tim (May 15, 2008). "China relaxes grip on internet and media after quake". The Australian. Retrieved May 11, 2009.[dead link]
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Spencer, Richard (January 25, 2007). "China's growing number of internet users could exceed US". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  10. ^ a b "New Media Expert Lih Joins School of Communication &#124". School of Communication American University. May 3, 2013. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  11. ^ "Andrew Lih". ONA21. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  12. ^ "How Wikipedia solved the knowledge gap, Andrew Lih, TEDxAmericanUniversity". TED (conference). Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  13. ^ "Academic Curriculum Vitae". Archived from the original on 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ a b Fallows, James (March 2008). "The Connection Has Been Reset". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  16. ^ Sarno, David (September 30, 2007). "Wikipedia wars erupt". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  17. ^ Rossmeier, Vincent (March 24, 2009). "Are we dangerously dependent on Wikipedia?". Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Conan, Neal (February 22, 2012). "Truth And The World Of Wikipedia Gatekeepers". Talk of the Nation. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  20. ^ Lih, Andrew (June 20, 2015). "Can Wikipedia Survive?". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2015.

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