The Chinese "Human Flesh" Web: The first decade and beyond

Fei Yue Wang, Daniel Zeng, Qingpeng Zhang, James A. Hendler, Jianping Cao

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Human flesh search (HFS), a Web-enabled crowdsourcing phenomenon, originated in China a decade ago. In this article, we present the first comprehensive empirical analysis of HFS, focusing on the scope of HFS activities, the patterns of HFS crowd collaboration process, and the characteristics of HFS participant networks. A survey of HFS participants was conducted to provide an in-depth understanding of the HFS community and various factors that motivate these participants to contribute. This article also advocates a new stream of Web science and social computing research that will be important in predicting the future growth and use of the World Wide Web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3352-3361
Number of pages10
JournalChinese Science Bulletin
Issue number26
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Computational sociology
  • Cyber Movement Organizations
  • Human flesh search
  • Social computing
  • Social network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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