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The Global Viewpoints series provides students and other readers with the information they need to explore global connections and think critically about the worldwide implications of global issues. Each volume focuses on a controversial topic of worldwide importance and offers a panoramic view of opinions selected from a diverse range of international sources, including journals, magazines, newspapers, nonfiction books, speeches, government documents, organization newsletters, and position papers. Each volume ...
The Global Viewpoints series provides students and other readers with the information they need to explore global connections and think critically about the worldwide implications of global issues. Each volume focuses on a controversial topic of worldwide importance and offers a panoramic view of opinions selected from a diverse range of international sources, including journals, magazines, newspapers, nonfiction books, speeches, government documents, organization newsletters, and position papers. Each volume contains an annotated table of contents; a world map, to help readers locate countries or areas covered in the essays; "for further discussion" questions; a worldwide list of organizations to contact; bibliographies of books and periodicals; and a subject index. By illuminating the complexities and interrelations of the global community, this excellent resource helps students and other researchers enhance their global awareness.
Chapter 1 The Cultural Impact of the Internet
1 The Internet Makes Distance Matter Less for Good and Ill Barry S. Fagin 22
2 The Internet Is Destroying the World A.N. Wilson 29
3 The Internet Will Fracture, Rather than Join, Cultures Hervé Fischer 39
4 Online Social Media Offer the Freedom to Share Boring Content J. Peder Zane 50
Social networking is overrated. The technology is impressive, but the content is the same old drivel.
5 China Uses Harsh Rehabilitation Techniques on Young Internet Addicts Ariana Eunjung Cha 56
Chinese officials see Internet addiction as a serious affliction and take stern measures to rehabilitate patients.
6 In Bangladesh, the Internet Is Improving People's Lives Kevin Sullivan 65
Ordinary Bangladeshi people have access to services they never dreamed of having, thanks to the Internet.
7 South Africans' Lives Have Been Changed by the Internet Hadlee Simons 74
Whether South Africans like or dislike the changes that the Internet has brought about is moot. The Internet is here to stay, and South Africans must make the best of it.
8 The Internet Will Undermine Serious Journalism in Australia David McKnight Penny O'Donnell 80
The Internet values superficial and flashy news over serious, in-depth articles, and therefore poses a dire threat to serious print journalism.
Periodical Bibliography 87
Chapter 2 The Political Impact of the Internet
1 In Canada, the Internet Is Slowly Changing Political Campaings James Mennie 89
While Canadian politicians are not as Internet savvy as their U.S. counterparts, the Internet is slowly replacing more traditional media as the preferred method of campaigning.
2 Iran's Dissidents Use Social Networking to Challenge Government Power Christian Christensen 95
After the disputed 2009 Iranian elections, common people used Twitter and Facebook as powerful tools to provide the world with information.
3 Technology Will Not Stop Evil Regimes Abraham Cooper Harold Brackman 104
Those who argue idealistically that the Internet can transform international politics and prevent evil regimes are wrong.
4 The Internet Will Save China Liu Xiaobo 109
The Internet has revolutionized the way in which dissenters can disseminate their ideas to other like-minded individuals to challenge the status quo.
5 In England, the Internet Has the Potential to Engage Voters in the Political System Peter Kellner 115
The Internet has made once-privileged information available to all and leveled the playing field between voters and their elected representatives.
Periodical Bibliography 124
Chapter 3 Internet Regulation and Censorship
1 Internet Filters in Australia Are Not Worth the Cost Nick Farrell 126
Expensive attempts to prevent Australians from seeing so-called objectionable content on the Internet are often ineffective.
2 Japan's Internet Regulations May Create More Problems than They Solve Chris Salzberg 132
Well-intentioned regulation of the Internet by Japanese officials leaves questions about whether good content can be distinguished from bad.
3 Gaza's People Need Support from the Western World to Preserve Their Internet Freedom Niv Lillian Nir Boms 140
Through violence, Islamic terrorists in Gaza have severely curtailed the ability of citizens to communicate with the rest of the world.
4 Cubans Need Unrestricted Internet Access Rogelio Vilarreal 146
Cuba is a well-known perpetrator of policies that limit its people's access to the Internet and the world of ideas beyond Cuba's borders.
5 Europe Must Preserve an Open Internet Cory Doctorow 153
Enacting policies to give Internet service providers more power will stem innovation and may stop the next Google from ever becoming a reality.
6 Network Neutrality May Not Be Practical Bill Thompson 161
The current Internet infrastructure may be inadequate to handle the increasing traffic. New thinking about how users pay for bandwidth may be necessary.
7 Sweden Should Legalize Online File Sharing Karl Sigfrid 169
File sharing is an inevitable development of Internet technology and should not be banned or subject to regulation.
8 Germany Must Balance Internet Regulation with Freedom of Speech Giampiero Giacomello 176
The German government has struggled with how to deal with inappropriate Internet material such as neo-Nazism and child pornography while still preserving basic freedoms.
Periodical Bibliography 183
Chapter 4 Cybercrime and Cyberwar
1 Nigeria Must Crack Down on Its Cybercriminals Zakariyya Adaramola 185
With a new regime in power, Nigerian cybercrime is set to grow out of control unless strong Internet anticrime measures are adopted and enforced.
2 Russian Organized Crime Pervades the World Wide Web Rob Sharp 192
The Russian Business Network has evolved into a worldwide crime organization dedicated to making illegal profits via the Internet.
3 Terrorist Organizations Use the Internet for Recruitment Gabriel Weimann 200
The Internet is a powerful recruitment tool for terrorists, who use targeted advertising to attract vulnerable people, including women and children.
4 Australia Must Fight Internet Crime and Support Its Victims Lynne Roberts 207
Australia has an ethical responsibility to curb the spread of cybercrimes and give aid to victims of such crimes.
5 Globally, Cyberwarfare Is a Threat to National Security Kenneth Geers 214
Cyberwarfare is a legitimate threat to governments, and every war going forward will have a cyber component.
6 Cyberwar Is an Exaggeration Evgeny Morozov 226
Cyberwarfare is overstated as an effective tool. Countries should stop inciting fear over cyberwarfare and instead work on strengthening their infrastructure.
Periodical Bibliography 240
For Further Discussion 243
Organizations to Contact 245
Bibliography of Books 249