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Analyzing Freedom of Expression Online: Theoretical, Empirical, and Normative Contributions  

Victoria Nash

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter highlights the most significant ways in which research from across Internet Studies combines thematically to offer a picture of the challenges facing freedom of expression in ... More

Communicative entitlements and democracy: The future of the digital divide debate  

Nick Couldry

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Feb 2009
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Sep 2009
This article attempts to map the depth and importance of the problems at issue: first, through a review of digital divide debates at a time (2005) when in policy circles they are no longer ... More

Cross-National Comparative Perspectives from the World Internet Project  

Gustavo Cardozo, Guo Liang, and Tiago Lapa

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter reviews the diffusion, uses, and impacts of the Internet worldwide and over time. The World Internet Project has been intended to become the vehicle for tracking what happens ... More

Digital Inequality  

Eszter Hargittai and Yuli Patrick Hsieh

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter investigates the research on inequalities in society, and also considers the digital inequality beyond overly simplistic conceptions of access to technologies. Additionally, ... More

E‐democracy: The history and future of an idea  

Stephen Coleman

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Feb 2009
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Sep 2009
The post-Athenian democratic relationship, in which political representatives speak for the absent demos and media gatekeepers translate between the intimate sphere of individualized ... More

Electronic networks, power, and democracy  

Saskia Sassen

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Feb 2009
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Sep 2009
The first part of the article discusses some of the general questions raised thus far regarding ICTs. The second part examines the role of digitization in shaping today's global capital ... More

Games, Online and off  

Dimitri Williams and Adam S. Kahn

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which discusses the evolution of innovative research on game playing in the household and online, such as in studies of massive multiplayer, three-dimensional Internet game ... More

Government and the Internet: Evolving Technologies, Enduring Research Themes  

Paul Henman

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter addresses the research on governmental use of Internet and related digital information and communication technologies, a domain known as ‘e-Government’, and reviews the key ... More

ICTs and communities in the twentyfirst century: Challenges and perspectives  

Joo‐Young Jung, Sandra J. Ball‐Rokeach, Yong‐Chan Kim, and Sorin Adam Matei

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Feb 2009
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Sep 2009
This article is organized around four of the major challenges that seem necessary to address in the effort to tease out this complex relationship. After introducing the challenges, it ... More

ICTs and inequality: Net gains for women?  

Judy Wajcman

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Feb 2009
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Sep 2009
This article considers the gender relations of ICTs, canvassing both pessimistic and optimistic perspectives. Drawing on the social studies of technology, it argues that ideas about and ... More

ICTs and political movements  

John D. H. Downing and Lisa Brooten

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Feb 2009
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Sep 2009
Communication technologies, despite their huge corporate, military, and surveillance applications, also afford opportunities within political movements to debate, mobilize, reflect, ... More

The Internet and Democracy  

Helen Margetts

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter deals directly and broadly with the Internet and democracy, specifically republicanism, pluralism, and cosmopolitanism, and also covers the connection between the Internet and ... More

The Internet and Development: A Critical Perspective  

Tim Unwin

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter extends a critical perspective on the economic impact of the Internet to the study of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for development, concentrating on the ... More

The Internet as Infrastructure  

Christian Sandvig

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter discusses how useful it can be to view the Internet as an infrastructure, demonstrating how technical changes of the infrastructure can have unanticipated and unintended ... More

Internet diffusion and the geography of the digital divide in the United States  

Shane Greenstein and Jeff Prince

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Feb 2009
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Sep 2009
This article analyses the rapid diffusion of the Internet across the United States over the past decade for both households and firms. It puts the Internet's diffusion into the context of ... More

The Internet in Campaigns and Elections  

Darren G. Lilleker and Theirry Vedel

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter evaluates a number of positive claims surrounding the role of the Internet in campaigns and elections. It is observed that the Internet is becoming embedded within campaigns ... More

Sociality Through Social Network Sites  

Nicole B. Ellison and Danah M. Boyd

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter reports authoritative insights into one of the most significant developments related to social interaction – social network sites – and offers an analytic framework for ... More

Society on the Web  

Michael Thelwall

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which argues that the structure of the Web reflects the offline world, making it a valuable lens for exploring society, introduces the theories and issues which make general ... More

Studies of the Internet in Learning and Education: Broadening the Disciplinary Landscape of Research  

Chris Davies and Rebecca Eynon

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter investigates the role of the Internet in reshaping learning and education. It describes distinctions between formal education, where the Internet has made few inroads, and ... More

The Study of Online Relationships and Dating  

Barrie Gunter

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which investigates a range of evidence about online dating behaviour, and a synthesis of approaches to research in this area, also evaluates the nature of the market and the ... More

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