Transboundary E-waste

Procedure for moving from actors to networks on the web.

The interconnectivity of actors in the corpus was analyzed using “Hyphe”, a web-based curation tool that identifies links between websites. The websites analyzed in Hyphe were selected based on the source document URLs that hosted quotes in the “index of issues”, which were derived from the “concordance of disagreement” terms in the “statements to debates” movement.

The source document URL from each of the 104 quotes composing the index of issues was recorded and listed into a spreadsheet. Duplicate URLs were identified in the spreadsheet and eliminated from the list using the “duplicate values” tool in Microsoft Excel, leaving a total of 71 URLs. The spreadsheet was then saved as a “.csv” file and imported into Hyphe. Using the default settings in Hyphe, we then crawled each website (what Hyphe terms “web entities”) in the list. The output produced a list of 528 web entities. Each discovered web entity was manually curated to remove irrelevant web entities to the “e-waste debate” (e.g. advertisements, social media, search engines, etc.). Of the 528 web entities, a total of 361 web entities remained after the curation process. The interconnectivity of all 361 web entities was visualized in a network diagram revealing which web entities are linked with one another through citation or web linking.

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