Internet and Society

Social Theory in the Information Age

Author: Christian Fuchs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135898820

Category: Computers

Page: 816

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In this exceptional study, Christian Fuchs discusses how the internet has transformed the lives of human beings and social relationships in contemporary society. By outlining a social theory of the internet and the information society, he demonstrates how the ecological, economic, political, and cultural systems of contemporary society have been transformed by new ICTs. Fuchs highlights how new forms of cooperation and competition are advanced and supported by the internet in subsystems of society and also discusses opportunities and risks of the information society.
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Internet and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Gilles Cliche,Marcelo Bonilla,International Development Research Centre (Canada)

Publisher: IDRC

ISBN: 9781552500170

Category: Computers

Page: 435

View: 2446

This book presents pioneering research that is designed to show, from a qualitative and ethnographic perspective, how new information and communication technologies, as applied to the school system and to local governance initiatives, merely reproduce traditional pedagogical approaches and the dominant forms by which power is exercised at the local level. The studies thus constitute points of departure for further thinking about the need to promote an Internet culture based on the social application of a OC right to communication and cultureOCO and an OC Internet right, OCO that will permit the establishment of true citizen participation and free access to knowledge, with due regard to personal and individual rights such as those of privacy and intimacy."
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The Internet and Society

Author: James Slevin

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

ISBN: 9780745620879

Category: Social Science

Page: 266

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The Internet and Society explores the impact of the internet on modern culture beyond the fashionable celebration of 'anything goes' online culture or the overly pessimistic conceptions tainted by the logic of domination. In this major new work, James Slevin develops an original account of the internet and relates it to the analysis of culture and communication in late modern societies. Slevin offers a critical appraisal of contributions to the study of the internet and its related networks such as intranets and extranets. He argues that these studies fail to deal adequately with the nature of communication and its role in an increasingly uncertain world. Slevin addresses this deficiency by elaborating a distinctive social theory of the internet and its impact. He develops his argument by offering an in-depth examination of the connections between the rise of the internet and new issues concerning the state, political and economic organization, the process of self-formation, globalization, publicness, regulation and, above all, the management of risk and uncertainty. Throughout the book, James Slevin relates his analysis of the internet to a variety of substantive examples of internet use from around the world and sets out and redefines the tasks for further study. This book will be of interest to second-year undergraduates and above in media and communications studies, cultural studies, sociology and social theory and students and academics across the social sciences who are interested in the impact of new communication technologies.
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The Harvard Conference on the Internet & Society

Author: O'Reilly & Associates

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674459328

Category: Computers

Page: 518

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In the Spring of 1996, international leaders in business, law, government, and education gathered at Harvard University to discuss the impact of the Internet, one of the most potent technological innovations of this century, on society. This volume, which includes the presentations, discussions, and computer demonstrations from this ground-breaking forum, provides an expert assessment of the impact of this rapidly changing technology on business, government, media, and education for the next decade and beyond. Dozens of leaders from Microsoft, Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems, and Intel Corporation are joined by keynote speakers Bill Gates, Scott McNealy, Diana Lady Dougan, and Steven McGeady; Harvard University President Neil Rudenstine; and Harvard's faculty in providing first-hand accounts of current revolutionary changes in the computer industry, as well as their influence on the future of organizations, workers, customer relations, and the creation and ownership of products themselves. These writings not only serve as an excellent source for understanding today's hottest Internet technologies; they also explore the important issues facing a society with ever-expanding ties to cyberspace. Included with this book is a CD-ROM containing the contents of the book as well as a copy of version 3.0 of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser software. We provide hyperlinks on the CD-ROM that make it easy for you to move to related articles and discussions.
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The Internet, Power and Society

Rethinking the Power of the Internet to Change Lives

Author: Marcus Leaning

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1780631685

Category: Computers

Page: 194

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An exciting challenge to how the internet and ICT have been understood in academia and popular culture and shows how important ‘cultural’ assumptions are in how we understand technology. The Internet, Power and Society argues that the way in which we view technology such as the internet owes much to older, historic views of the media and to ‘issues’ in contemporary society. Such perspectives are deeply rooted in a Western view of technology and the book concludes by offering a radically new perspective as to how the internet can change a society that is truly global in its application. An original approach to ICT and the Internet that challenges the orthodoxy Very topical subject matter - the book addresses many of the issues regarded of key import in high level political discussions (such as the World Summit on the Information Society); the current understanding of ICT and how to move beyond this interpretation An approach that moves the debate forward and offers a truly global way of understanding the Internet and ICT
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The Internet and Society

A Reference Handbook

Author: Bernadette Hlubik Schell

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598840312

Category: Computers

Page: 311

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An examination of the social impact of the Internet, this volume explores political, social, technical, legal, and economic controversies in a manner accessible to the general reader. * A glossary of key terms, such as algorithm, ARPAnet, Hyper Text Markup Language, identity theft, Internet protocol, malicious mode, and Moore's law, helps readers find their bearings in the high-tech world of the Internet * Bibliographical sketches of 20 key personalities—both positive and negative—in Internet history bring this high-tech story to life
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The Future of Ideas

The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World

Author: Lawrence Lessig

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375726446

Category: Law

Page: 352

View: 9814

Explores the meaning of intellectual property in the new high-tech digital age, addressing the legal, social, and economic factors at work and provides a thought-provoking argument that those qualities that have made the Internet a dynamic force for creativity, freedom, and innovation could destroy the Intenet's potential. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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Society and the Internet

How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives

Author: Manuel Castells

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199662002

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

View: 9963

How is society being shaped by the diffusion and increasing centrality of the Internet in everyday life and work? By bringing together leading research that addresses some of the most significant cultural, economic, and political roles of the Internet, this volume introduces students to a core set of readings that address this question in specific social and institutional contexts. Internet Studies is a burgeoning new field, which has been central to the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), an innovative multi-disciplinary department at the University of Oxford. Society and the Internet builds on the OII's evolving series of lectures on society and the Internet. The series has been edited to create a reader to supplement upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses that seek to introduce students to scholarship focused on the implications of the Internet for networked societies around the world. The chapters of the reader are rooted in a variety of disciplines, but all directly tackle the powerful ways in which the Internet is linked to political, social, cultural, and economic transformations in society. This book will be a starting point for anyone with a serious interest in the factors shaping the Internet and its impact on society. The book begins with an introduction by the editors, which provides a brief history of the Internet and Web and its study from multi-disciplinary perspectives. The chapters are grouped into six focused sections: The Internet and Everyday Life; Information and Culture on the Line; Networked Politics and Government; Networked Businesses, Industries, and Economies; and Technological and Regulatory Histories and Futures.
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CyberAsia

The Internet And Society in Asia

Author: Zaheer Baber

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004146253

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

View: 8066

This book provides a critical analysis of the social consequences of the Internet in Asia. The papers discuss a wide variety of issues and domains, ranging from the economy and politics to interpersonal relations.
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Code

Version 2.0: Easyread Super Large 24pt Edition

Author: Lawrence Lessig

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1442996552

Category: Computers

Page: 444

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Since its original publication in 1999, this foundational book has become a classic in its field. This second edition, Code Version 2.0, updates the work and was prepared in part through a wiki, a web site allowing readers to edit the text, making this the first reader-edited revision of a popular book. Code counters the common belief that cyberspace cannot be controlled or censored. To the contrary, under the influence of commerce, cyberspace is becoming a highly regulable world where behavior will be much more tightly controlled than in real space. We can - we must - choose what kind of cyberspace we want and what freedoms it will guarantee. These choices are all about architecture: what kind of code will govern cyberspace, and who will control it. In this realm, code is the most significant form of law and it is up to lawyers, policymakers, and especially average citizens to decide what values that code embodies.
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Computers in Science and Mathematics

Computers, Internet, and Society Series

Author: Boris Waxweiler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781681178493

Category:

Page: 400

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"Computation provides new sources of unfolding and investigating scientific and mathematical systems. The field of computer science studies the nature of computation and its uses, among other things. Simulation by computer may be the only way to predict how certain complicated systems develop. Scientific laws give algorithms, or procedures, for determining how systems behave. The computer program is a medium in which the algorithms can be expressed and applied. Physical objects and mathematical structures can be represented as numbers and symbols in a computer, and a program can be written to manipulate them according to the algorithms. When the computer program is executed, it causes the numbers and symbols to be modified in the way specified by the scientific laws. It thereby allows the consequences of the laws to be deduced. Executing a computer program is much like performing an experiment. Unlike the physical objects in a conventional experiment, however, the objects in a computer experiment are not bound by the laws of nature. Instead they follow the laws embodied in the computer program, which can be of any consistent form. Computation thus extends the realm of experimental science: it allows experiments to be performed in a hypothetical universe. Computation also extends theoretical science. It is important for our society of the near future that every educated person understand some of the principles on which computers operate; and second, that there is an important relationship between mathematics education and computers, both in the sense that the mathematics curriculum can contribute significantly towards teaching students about computers, as well as in the sense that computers have a role to play in mathematics education. This book Computers in Science and Mathematics provides an overview of the latest research in these areas and assessment of the role of the computer as a tool driving profound change by examining the role of computers in changing the face of the sciences and mathematics. It is the only periodical devoted specifically to using information technology in the teaching of mathematics and science. It provides a medium of exchange for those engaged in fields where there exists a non-trivial interplay between mathematics and computers. This book shows scientists and engineers how Mathematics can be used to do scientific computations."
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Internet and Emotions

Author: Tova Benski,Eran Fisher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135055459

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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Nothing seems more far removed from the visceral, bodily experience of emotions than the cold, rational technology of the Internet. But as this collection shows, the internet and emotions intersect in interesting and surprising ways. Internet and Emotions is the fruit of an interdisciplinary collaboration of scholars from the sociology of emotions and communication and media studies. It features theoretical and empirical chapters from international researchers who investigate a wide range of issues concerning the sociology of emotions in the context of new media. The book fills a substantial gap in the social research of digital technology, and examines whether the internet invokes emotional states differently from other media and unmediated situations, how emotions are mobilized and internalized into online practices, and how the social definitions of emotions are changing with the emergence of the internet. It explores a wide range of behaviors and emotions from love to mourning, anger, resentment and sadness. What happens to our emotional life in a mediated, disembodied environment, without the bodily element of physical co-presence to set off emotional exchanges? Are there qualitatively new kinds of emotional exchanges taking place on the internet? These are only some of the questions explored in the chapters of this book, with quite surprising answers.
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Internet and Democracy in the Network Society

Author: Jan A.G.M. van Dijk,Kenneth L. Hacker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351110691

Category: Political Science

Page: 218

View: 2011

A seminal shift has taken place in the relationship between Internet usage and politics. At the turn of the century, it was presumed that digital communication would produce many positive political effects like improvements to political information retrieval, support for public debate and community formation or even enhancements in citizen participation in political decision-making. While there have been positive effects, negative effects have also occurred including fake news and other political disinformation, social media appropriation by terrorists and extremists, ‘echo-chambers’ and "filter bubbles", elections influenced by hostile hackers and campaign manipulation by micro-targeting marketing. It is time for critical re-evaluation. Designed to encourage critical thinking on the part of the student, internationally recognized experts, Jan A.G.M. van Dijk and Kenneth Hacker, chronicle the political significance of new communication technologies for the promotion of democracy over the last two decades. Drawing upon structuration theory and network theory and real-world case studies from across the globe, the book is logically structured around the following topics: Political Participation and Inclusion Habermas and the Reconstruction of Public Space Media and Democracy in Authoritarian States Democracy and the Internet in China E-government and democracy Views of democracy and Internet use Underpinned by up-to-date literature, this important textbook is aimed at students and scholars of communication studies, political science, sociology, political communication, and international relations.
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Misunderstanding the Internet

Author: James Curran,Natalie Fenton,Des Freedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317443519

Category: Computers

Page: 224

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The growth of the internet has been spectacular. There are now more than 3 billion internet users across the globe, some 40 per cent of the world’s population. The internet’s meteoric rise is a phenomenon of enormous significance for the economic, political and social life of contemporary societies. However, much popular and academic writing about the internet continues to take a celebratory view, assuming that the internet’s potential will be realised in essentially positive and transformative ways. This was especially true in the euphoric moment of the mid-1990s, when many commentators wrote about the internet with awe and wonderment. While this moment may be over, its underlying technocentrism – the belief that technology determines outcomes – lingers on and, with it, a failure to understand the internet in its social, economic and political contexts. Misunderstanding the Internet is a short introduction, encompassing the history, sociology, politics and economics of the internet and its impact on society. This expanded and updated second edition is a polemical, sociologically and historically informed guide to the key claims that have been made about the online world. It aims to challenge both popular myths and existing academic orthodoxies that surround the internet.
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Computer Ethics

Author: Robert Plotkin

Publisher: Facts on File

ISBN: 9780816077557

Category: Computers

Page: 188

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Discusses topics related to ethics on the Internet, such as privacy issues, security issues, anonymous communication, virtual worlds, copyright and fair use, and netiquette.
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Internet and Surveillance

The Challenges of Web 2.0 and Social Media

Author: Christian Fuchs,Kees Boersma,Anders Albrechtslund,Marisol Sandoval

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136655271

Category: COMPUTERS

Page: 352

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The Internet has been transformed in the past years from a system primarily oriented on information provision into a medium for communication and community-building. The notion of “Web 2.0”, social software, and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have emerged in this context. With such platforms comes the massive provision and storage of personal data that are systematically evaluated, marketed, and used for targeting users with advertising. In a world of global economic competition, economic crisis, and fear of terrorism after 9/11, both corporations and state institutions have a growing interest in accessing this personal data. Here, contributors explore this changing landscape by addressing topics such as commercial data collection by advertising, consumer sites and interactive media; self-disclosure in the social web; surveillance of file-sharers; privacy in the age of the internet; civil watch-surveillance on social networking sites; and networked interactive surveillance in transnational space. This book is a result of a research action launched by the intergovernmental network COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).
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The Internet Galaxy

Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society

Author: Manuel Castells

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199255771

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Castells helps us understand how the Internet came into being and how it is affecting every area of human life. This guide reveals the Internet's huge capacity to liberate, but also its possibility to exclude those who do not have access to it.
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Computers in the Workplace

Author: Robert Plotkin

Publisher: Facts on File

ISBN: 9780816077588

Category: Computers

Page: 172

View: 1917

Explores how computers have changed the workplace, from robotic computers used in manufacturing and electronic medical records to word processors and computer programming.
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