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Author Warf, Barney, 1956-

Title Global geographies of the internet / Barney Warf
Published Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource
Series SpringerBriefs in geography, 2211-4165
SpringerBriefs in geography.
Contents Introduction -- Origins, Growth, and Geographies of the Global Internet -- Global Internet Censorship -- Global E-Commerce -- Global E-Government -- Social Media
Summary Today, roughly 2 billion people use the internet, and its applications have flourished in number and importance. This volume will examine the growth and geography of the internet from a political economy perspective. Its central motivation is to illustrate that cyberspace does not exist in some aspatial void, but is deeply rooted in national and local political and cultural contexts. Toward that end, it will invoke a few major theorists of cyberspace, but apply their perspectives in terms that are accessible to readers with no familiarity with them. Beyond summaries of the infrastructure that makes the internet possible and global distributions of users, it delves into issues such as the digital divide to emphasize the inequalities that accompany the growth of cyberspace. It also addresses internet censorship, e-commerce, and e-government, issues that have received remarkably little scholarly attention, particularly from a spatial perspective. Throughout, it demonstrates that in cyberspace, place matters, so that no comprehensive understanding of the internet can be achieved without considering how it is embedded within, and in turn changes, local institutional and political contexts. Thus the book rebuts simplistic "death of distance" views or those that assert there is, or can be, a "one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter" model of the internet applicable to all times and places
Analysis Social sciences
Regional economics
Communication Studies
Human Geography
Economic Geography
Regional/Spatial Science
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Internet -- Social aspects.
Technological innovations -- Social aspects.
Human geography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9400712456 (electronic bk.)
9789400712454 (electronic bk.)