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The Internet Power and Society

The Internet  Power and Society Book
Author : Marcus Leaning
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2009-08-30
ISBN : 1780631685
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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

Power and Authority in Internet Governance

Power and Authority in Internet Governance Book
Author : Blayne Haggart,Natasha Tusikov,Jan Aart Scholte
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2021-03-15
ISBN : 1000361624
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Power and Authority in Internet Governance investigates the hotly contested role of the state in today's digital society. The book asks: Is the state "back" in internet regulation? If so, what forms are state involvement taking, and with what consequences for the future? The volume includes case studies from across the world and addresses a wide range of issues regarding internet infrastructure, data and content. The book pushes the debate beyond a simplistic dichotomy between liberalism and authoritarianism in order to consider also greater state involvement based on values of democracy and human rights. Seeing internet governance as a complex arena where power is contested among diverse non-state and state actors across local, national, regional and global scales, the book offers a critical and nuanced discussion of how the internet is governed – and how it should be governed. Power and Authority in Internet Governance provides an important resource for researchers across international relations, global governance, science and technology studies and law as well as policymakers and analysts concerned with regulating the global internet.

Computational Power

Computational Power Book
Author : Massimo Durante
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2021-03-11
ISBN : 1000345343
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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We delegate more and more decisions and tasks to artificial agents, machine-learning mechanisms, and algorithmic procedures or, in other words, to computational systems. Not that we are driven by powerful ambitions of colonizing the Moon, replacing humans with legions of androids, creating sci-fi scenarios à la Matrix or masterminding some sort of Person of Interest-like Machine. No, the current digital revolution based on computational power is chiefly an everyday revolution. It is therefore that much more profound, unnoticed and widespread, for it affects our customary habits and routines and alters the very texture of our day-to-day lives. This opens a precise line of inquiry, which constitutes the basic thesis of the present text: our computational power is exercised by trying to adapt not just the world but also our representation of reality to how computationally based ICTs work. The impact of this technology is such that it does not leave things as they are: it changes the nature of agents, habits, objects and institutions and hence it subverts the existing order, without necessarily generating a new one. I argue that this power is often not distributed in an egalitarian manner but, on the contrary, is likely to result in concentrations of wealth, in dominant positions or in unjust competitive advantages. This opens up a struggle, with respect to which the task of reaffirming the fundamental values, the guiding principles, the priorities and the rules of the game, which can transform, or attempt to transform, a fierce confrontation between enemies in a fair competition between opponents rests on us.

The Internet Society in China

The Internet Society in China Book
Author : Shaojie Liu,Jianmin Wang
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2019-08-01
ISBN : 9811382379
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book provides a cutting edge analysis of the rapid rise of China’s network society and reviews recent key developments within China’s internet economy, notably the concepts of “Lucky Money” and E-Business on Wechat, and Crowd-Funding Platforms. It focuses on drawing out the sociological impact of these economic developments, examining among others the bearing of the decentralization of e-business in rural areas. It offers a vital sociological perspective on the development of China’s internet society and how it affects social and professional relations, examining the shift from the traditional Red Envelope Giving Culture to Digital Red Envelope, micro charity 2.0 as well as the Rise of Internet Crowd Funding in China. Combining an up to date analysis of the current state of play of China’s internet society with expertise in the rapidly changing landscape of China’s social media, this book provides key insights into how technology impacts on the communication and movement of population in China, in both social and economic spheres.

Society and the Internet

Society and the Internet Book
Author : Mark Graham,William H. Dutton
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2019-07-18
ISBN : 0192590650
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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How is society being reshaped by the continued diffusion and increasing centrality of the Internet in everyday life and work? Society and the Internet provides key readings for students, scholars, and those interested in understanding the interactions of the Internet and society. This multidisciplinary collection of theoretically and empirically anchored chapters addresses the big questions about one of the most significant technological transformations of this century, through a diversity of data, methods, theories, and approaches. Drawing from a range of disciplinary perspectives, Internet research can address core questions about equality, voice, knowledge, participation, and power. By learning from the past and continuing to look toward the future, it can provide a better understanding of what the ever-changing configurations of technology and society mean, both for the everyday life of individuals and for the continued development of society at large. This second edition presents new and original contributions examining the escalating concerns around social media, disinformation, big data, and privacy. Following a foreword by Manual Castells, the editors introduce some of the key issues in Internet Studies. The chapters then offer the latest research in five focused sections: The Internet in Everyday Life; Digital Rights and Human Rights; Networked Ideas, Politics, and Governance; Networked Businesses, Industries, and Economics; and Technological and Regulatory Histories and Futures. This book will be a valuable resource not only for students and researchers, but for anyone seeking a critical examination of the economic, social, and political factors shaping the Internet and its impact on society.

The Power of Networks

The Power of Networks Book
Author : Mikkel Flyverbom
Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
Release : 2011
ISBN : 0857936468
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Mikkel Flyverbom s The Power of Networks is a timely and important contribution to the emerging interdisciplinary study of cyberspace politics. In an exceptionally well-written and researched book, Flyberbom employs a form of ethnographic method to uncover the grounded practices that inform the many hybrid forums and entangled authorities of Internet governance. The book will be of interest to those who want a deeper understanding of the complexity and nuance of the many social forces shaping global cyberspace today. Ronald J. Deibert, University of Toronto, Canada Flyverbom presents an original ethnography of the political ordering processes of the digital revolution. He lays bare the relational practices within hybrid global forums in which multiple actors are mobilized to participate, contest, and dialogue. The book makes an important contribution to emergent global politics governing technologies, networks, meanings, and people within the United Nations system. J.P. Singh, Georgetown University, US With an ever-growing number of users, the Internet is central to the processes of globalization, cultural formations, social encounters and economic development. These aside, it is also fast becoming an important political domain. Struggles over disclosure, access and regulation are only the most visible signs that the Internet is quickly becoming a site of fierce political conflict involving states, technical groups, business and civil society. As the debate over the global politics of the Internet intensifies, this book will be a valuable guide for anyone seeking to understand the emergence, organization and shape of this new issue. In this vivid study, Mikkel Flyverbom captures how questions about the digital divide and the information revolution, dialogues with stakeholders, and networked forms of organization have become key features of the global politics of the Internet. Tracing the making and stabilization of this transnational issue in and around the United Nations over almost a decade, this book demonstrates how multi-stakeholder networks make new political domains accessible and unsettle established ways of organizing transnational governance. The Power of Networks offers a rich account of the practices and effects of organizing global politics and governance through dialogues and collaborations between governments, business and societies the world over. Offering a novel analytical vocabulary for the study of ordering, governance and organization, this innovative ethnographic study of hybrid organizations and entangled forms of power in global politics shows how insights from actor-network theory and the Foucauldian governmentality literature can reinvigorate studies of transnational governance and organizational processes.

Structural Change and Evolution of China s Internet Society

Structural Change and Evolution of China   s Internet Society Book
Author : Liu Shaojie
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Release : 2022-11-28
ISBN : 1000800830
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This title investigates China’s network society, both its online cyber society and offline real world society, by analyzing the trends and social foundations of society as network and the social challenges it poses, as well as structural changes in social space and social interaction. The first part of the book examines how network society in China forms and develops, analyzing the challenges and structural changes it poses. The author studies network power and uncertainties that lies in the supply, flow, and reception of a massive amount of information, revealing how this influences the government's administrative power as well as governance measures to stabilize social cohesion. The second part first discusses the social restructuring and characteristics of network social space in China. Based on case studies of several momentous social events, the spatial change characterized by an integration of absence and presence space and its influence on social interaction and experience is elucidated, including active absence interaction, mediated experience, spatial representation, and social identities of network aggregation. The book will be a crucial reference for scholars and students studying sociology, network sociology, and contemporary Chinese society.

Misunderstanding the Internet

Misunderstanding the Internet Book
Author : James Curran,Natalie Fenton,Des Freedman
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-02-05
ISBN : 1317443519
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Internet Memes and Society

Internet Memes and Society Book
Author : Anastasia Bertazzoli
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2019-03-21
ISBN : 0429890656
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book provides a solid, encompassing definition of Internet memes, exploring both the common features of memes around the globe and their particular regional traits. It identifies and explains the roles that these viral texts play in Internet communication: cultural, social and political implications; significance for self-representation and identity formation; promotion of alternative opinion or trending interpretation; and subversive and resistant power in relation to professional media, propaganda, and traditional and digital political campaigning. It also offers unique comparative case studies of Internet memes in Russia and the United States.

The Internet Power and Society

The Internet  Power and Society Book
Author : Marcus Leaning
Publisher : Chandos Publishing
Release : 2009
ISBN : 9781843344520
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book offers a fresh interpretation of the Internet and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and challenges the ways in which the Internet and ICT have been understood in academia and popular culture. The author, Marcus Leaning, explains that our views of technology are based in older, historic views of traditional media, as well as in contemporary issues in Western society and his book offers a groundbreaking new perspective on the Internet's global effects.

The Harvard Conference on the Internet Society

The Harvard Conference on the Internet   Society Book
Author : O'Reilly & Associates Inc,Carolyn B. Mitchell,H. T. Kung,&. Associates O'Reilly &. Associates
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 1997
ISBN : 9780674459328
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In the Spring of 1996, hundreds of international leaders in business, law, government, and education gathered at Harvard University to discuss the growing and future impact of the Internet: one of the most potent technological innovations of this century. This volume, which includes the writings, discussion transcripts, 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 into the new millennium. CEOs and leaders of Microsoft, Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems, and Digital Equipment Corporation join dozens of business leaders in providing both first-hand accounts of current revolutionary changes in the computer industry, as well as their attending influence on the future of the organization, its workers, its customer relations, and the creation and ownership of products themselves. While these pieces serve as an excellent source for understanding today's hottest Internet technologies, they also explore the important issues regarding precisely what is at stake for a society with greater and growing ties to cyberspace. Topics in this timely collection include privacy and security, property rights, censorship, telecommunications regulation, and the global impact of emerging Internet technologies.

The Human Society and the Internet Internet Related Socio Economic Issues

The Human Society and the Internet  Internet Related Socio Economic Issues Book
Author : Won Kim,Tok-Wang Ling,Yoon-Joon Lee,Seung-Soo Park
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2003-06-29
ISBN : 3540477497
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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During the past several years, the world has entered the first phase of the Internet Revolution. Investors showed confidence and faith in the prospects of the Internet driven economy. In the US alone, some 30,000 dot com companies have sprung up to support electronic commerce with a wide variety of business models, technologies, and/or items or services to sell or even give away. Traditional businesses, so called brick and mortar, or offline, businesses, have started to respond to challenges by Internet based new competitors by augmenting their own businesses with Internet based, or online, businesses and/or filing lawsuits against them. The initial business to consumer orientation of electronic commerce is giving way to business to business commerce, with large corporations forming electronic exchanges or consortia to conduct commerce among members. Government, industry, and civic groups have started addressing social issues related to the Internet, such as taxation on electronic commerce, privacy, intellectual property rights, security, hacking, cyber crimes, digital divide, etc. Governments have started legitimizing electronic signatures and stepping up efforts to track down perpetrators of cyber crimes. The courts have started to wrestle with issues of privacy, intellectual property rights, crimes, and impediments to Internet driven economy.

Internet and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean

Internet and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean Book
Author : International Development Research Centre (Canada)
Publisher : IDRC
Release : 2004
ISBN : 1552500179
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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."

Imagining the Internet

Imagining the Internet Book
Author : Robin Mansell
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2012-07-12
ISBN : 0199697043
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book brings together and reviews different disciplinary approaches to digital information and communication systems across the social sciences. It synthesises the developments of the Internet Age, and the micro and macro consequences of these developments.

Internet Society

Internet Society Book
Author : Maria Bakardjieva
Publisher : SAGE
Release : 2005-04-19
ISBN : 1847871011
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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`A highly topical, interesting and lively analysis of ordinary internet use, based on both theoretically competent reflections and sound ethnographic material′ - Joost van Loon, Reader in Social Theory at Nottingham Trent University Internet Society investigates internet use and it′s implications for society through insights into the daily experiences of ordinary users. Drawing on an original study of non-professional, ′ordinary′ users at home, this book examines how people interpret, domesticate and creatively appropriate the Internet by integrating it into the projects and activities of their everyday lives. Maria Bakardjieva′s theoretical framework uniquely combines concepts from several schools of thought (social constructivism, critical theory, phenomenological sociology) to provide a conception of the user as an agent in the field of technological development and new media shaping. She: - examines the evolution of the Internet into a mass medium - interrogates what users make of this new communication medium - evaluates the social and cultural role of the Internet by looking at the immediate level of users′ engagement with it - exposes the dual life of technology as invader and captive; colonizer and colonized This book will appeal to academics and researchers in social studies of technology, communication and media studies, cultural studies, philosophy of technology and ethnography.

Media and Power

Media and Power Book
Author : James Curran
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2012-12-06
ISBN : 1134900376
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Media and Power addresses three key questions about the relationship between media and society. *How much power do the media have? *Who really controls the media? *What is the relationship between media and power in society? In this major new book, James Curran reviews the different answers which have been given, before advancing original interpretations in a series of ground-breaking essays. This book also provides a guided tour of the major debates in media studies. What part did the media play in the making of modern society? How did 'new media' change society in the past? Will radical media research recover from its mid-life crisis? Is public service television the dying product of the nation in an age of globalization? Media and Power provides both a clear introduction to media research and an innovative analysis of media power.

Reset

Reset Book
Author : Ronald J. Deibert
Publisher : House of Anansi
Release : 2020-09-29
ISBN : 1487008066
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In the 2020 CBC Massey Lectures, bestselling author and renowned technology and security expert Ronald J. Deibert exposes the disturbing influence and impact of the internet on politics, the economy, the environment, and humanity. Digital technologies have given rise to a new machine-based civilization that is increasingly linked to a growing number of social and political maladies. Accountability is weak and insecurity is endemic, creating disturbing opportunities for exploitation. Drawing from the cutting-edge research of the Citizen Lab, the world-renowned digital security research group which he founded and directs, Ronald J. Deibert exposes the impacts of this communications ecosystem on civil society. He tracks a mostly unregulated surveillance industry, innovations in technologies of remote control, superpower policing practices, dark PR firms, and highly profitable hack-for-hire services feeding off rivers of poorly secured personal data. Deibert also unearths how dependence on social media and its expanding universe of consumer electronics creates immense pressure on the natural environment. In order to combat authoritarian practices, environmental degradation, and rampant electronic consumerism, he urges restraints on tech platforms and governments to reclaim the internet for civil society.

Technological Innovation for the Internet of Things

Technological Innovation for the Internet of Things Book
Author : Luis M. Camarinha-Matos,Slavisa Tomic,Paula Graca
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2013-04-15
ISBN : 3642372910
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems, DoCEIS 2013, held in Costa de Caparica, Portugal, in April 2013. The 69 revised full papers were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. They cover a wide spectrum of topics ranging from collaborative enterprise networks to microelectronics. The papers are organized in the following topical sections: collaborative enterprise networks; service orientation; intelligent computational systems; computational systems; computational systems applications; perceptional systems; robotics and manufacturing; embedded systems and Petri nets; control and decision; integration of power electronics systems with ICT; energy generation; energy distribution; energy transformation; optimization techniques in energy; telecommunications; electronics: devices design; electronics: amplifiers; electronics: RF applications; and electronics: applications.

Internet Society

Internet Society Book
Author : Maria Bakardjieva
Publisher : SAGE Publications Limited
Release : 2005-05-20
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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`A highly topical, interesting and lively analysis of ordinary internet use, based on both theoretically competent reflections and sound ethnographic material′ - Joost van Loon, Reader in Social Theory at Nottingham Trent University Internet Society investigates internet use and it′s implications for society through insights into the daily experiences of ordinary users. Drawing on an original study of non-professional, ′ordinary′ users at home, this book examines how people interpret, domesticate and creatively appropriate the Internet by integrating it into the projects and activities of their everyday lives. Maria Bakardjieva′s theoretical framework uniquely combines concepts from several schools of thought (social constructivism, critical theory, phenomenological sociology) to provide a conception of the user as an agent in the field of technological development and new media shaping. She: - examines the evolution of the Internet into a mass medium - interrogates what users make of this new communication medium - evaluates the social and cultural role of the Internet by looking at the immediate level of users′ engagement with it - exposes the dual life of technology as invader and captive; colonizer and colonized This book will appeal to academics and researchers in social studies of technology, communication and media studies, cultural studies, philosophy of technology and ethnography.

Technological Empowerment

Technological Empowerment Book
Author : Yongnian Zheng
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2008
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Will new technologies, especially the Internet, bring freedom and democracy to authoritarian China? This book argues that the internet has brought s new dynamics of sociopolitical change in China, mot always supportive of democracy.