Global Networks and Local Values: A Comparative Look at Germany and the United States / Edition 1

Global Networks and Local Values: A Comparative Look at Germany and the United States / Edition 1

by Committee to Study Global Netoworks and Local Values
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309073103

ISBN-13: 9780309073103

Pub. Date: 01/15/2002

Publisher: National Academies Press

Whether you call it the third wave, the information revolution, or the virtually connected world, the implications of a global information network are profound. As a society, we want to forestall the possible negative impacts without closing the door to the potential benefits. But how?

Global Networks and Local Values provides perspective and direction,

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Overview

Whether you call it the third wave, the information revolution, or the virtually connected world, the implications of a global information network are profound. As a society, we want to forestall the possible negative impacts without closing the door to the potential benefits. But how?

Global Networks and Local Values provides perspective and direction, focusing on the relationship between global information networks and local values-that is, the political, economic, and cultural norms that shape our daily lives. This book is structured around an illuminating comparison between U.S. and German approaches toward global communication and information flow. (The United States and Germany are selected as two industrialized, highly networked countries with significant social differences.)

Global Networks and Local Values captures the larger context of technology and culture, explores the political and commercial institutions where the global network functions, and highlights specific issues such as taxation, privacy, free speech, and more. The committee contrasts the technical uniformity that makes global communication possible with the diversity of the communities being served and explores the prospects that problems resulting from technology can be resolved by still more technology. This thoughtful volume will be of interest to everyone concerned about the social implications of the global Internet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309073103
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/15/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary1
1Introduction and Context15
2The Evolution of Global Networks23
3Understanding Local Values and How They Are Affected by Global Networks46
4Democracy and Political Institutions74
5Free Speech and the Internet106
6Privacy and Freedom of Information133
7The Impact of Global E-Commerce on Local Values170
8Governance in Cyberspace: Multi-Level and Multi-Actor Constitutionalism190
9Information Networks and Culture205
10Principles and Conclusions224
App. : Biographies233

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