Global Geographies of the Internet

  • Barney Warf

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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    Pages 45-75
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    Pages 77-113
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    Pages 115-138
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About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Cyberspace E-commerce E-government Geography Internet

Authors and affiliations

  • Barney Warf
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of GeographyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-1245-4
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1244-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1245-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4165
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4173
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