By Barney Warf

This day, approximately 2 billion humans use the net, and its functions have flourished in quantity and value. This quantity will learn the expansion and geography of the web from a political economic climate standpoint. Its primary motivation is to demonstrate that our on-line world doesn't exist in a few aspatial void, yet is deeply rooted in nationwide and native political and cultural contexts. towards that finish, it's going to invoke a number of significant theorists of our on-line world, yet observe their views in phrases which are obtainable to readers with out familiarity with them. past summaries of the infrastructure that makes the web attainable and worldwide distributions of clients, it delves into concerns comparable to the electronic divide to stress the inequalities that accompany the expansion of our on-line world. It additionally addresses net censorship, e-commerce, and e-government, matters that experience acquired remarkably little scholarly consciousness, rather from a spatial standpoint. all through, it demonstrates that during our on-line world, position issues, in order that no entire realizing of the net should be accomplished with out contemplating the way it is embedded inside, and in flip alterations, neighborhood institutional and political contexts. therefore the ebook rebuts simplistic 'death of distance' perspectives or those who assert there's, or could be, a 'one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter' version of the web acceptable to all occasions and locations.

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