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Overview

In this book Ernest Wilson provides a clear, nuanced analysis of the major transformations resulting from the global information revolution. He shows that the information revolution is rooted in societal dynamics, political interests, and social structure. Using the innovative Strategic ReStructuring (SRS) model, he uncovers links between the big changes taking place around the world and the local initiatives of individual information activists, especially in developing countries. Indeed, Wilson shows that many of the structural changes of the information revolution, such as shifts from public to private ownership or from monopoly to competition, are driven by activists struggling individually and collectively to overcome local apathy and entrenched opposition to reform.

Wilson applies his SRS model to the politics of Internet expansion in Brazil, China, and Ghana to illustrate the real-world challenges facing policy-makers and practitioners. Examples of such challenges include starting Internet companies, reforming regulatory laws, and formulating NGO strategies for dealing with the digital divide. Wilson identifies the tremendous possibilities for innovation and advancement in developing countries while acknowledging the structural, institutional, and cultural constraints that work against their realization.

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Ernest J. Wilson III is Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and holds the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication at the University of Southern California. He is also a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and an adjunct fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : why this book now?
1 Puzzles to be solved 1
2 Strategic restructuring : a framework for analysis 37
3 Strategic restructuring in Brazil 119
4 Strategic restructuring in Ghana 173
5 Strategic restructuring in China 223
6 The information revolution and the global digital divide 299
7 Strategic restructuring in the global system 337
8 Conclusion 391
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