Cyber-geography of languages

Part 2: the demographic factor and the growth of Asian languages and Arabic


  • Daniel Pimienta Observatory of Linguistic & Cultural Diversity on the Internet
  • Gilvan Müller de Oliveira UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC)


Cyber-Geography of Languages, Multilingualism, Linguistic Diversity, Disinformation, Demolinguistic, Cyber-geographic, Cultural Diversity, Bias


Part 1 of this study explains the methodology, sources, biases, and results of the recent study on the presence on the Internet of the 330 languages with more than one million L1 speakers, and the reality of the place of English on the Internet. This part analyzes the results in terms of cyber-geography for the other languages. It appears that the languages of Europe, especially English, are still dominating the Internet but that the languages of Asia and the Arabic world are in a strong progression and will take the lead, in terms of connected speakers. The languages of Africa are suffering from the difficulty of many African countries to overcome the digital divide: however, demographic long-term future clearly will favor in the long run African languages and the European languages with a notable presence in Africa (by order of importance: English, French and Portuguese).


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How to Cite

Pimienta, Daniel, and Gilvan Müller de Oliveira. 2022. “Cyber-Geography of Languages: Part 2: The Demographic Factor and the Growth of Asian Languages and Arabic”. The International Review of Information Ethics 32 (1). Edmonton, Canada.