Virtual Nation: The Internet in Australia

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The first comprehensive book that digs beneath the surface of the Internet in Australia. Moving beyond the 'how to' books, Virtual Nation offers a surprising, thought-provoking, and rigorous introduction to a technology that we now can't do without. Featuring leading experts on topics spanning history, use, culture, policy, and future, Virtual Nation is indispensable for students, researchers, teachers, policymakers, technologists, and anyone interested in how digital ...

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Overview

The first comprehensive book that digs beneath the surface of the Internet in Australia. Moving beyond the 'how to' books, Virtual Nation offers a surprising, thought-provoking, and rigorous introduction to a technology that we now can't do without. Featuring leading experts on topics spanning history, use, culture, policy, and future, Virtual Nation is indispensable for students, researchers, teachers, policymakers, technologists, and anyone interested in how digital technologies are transforming our lives

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  • ISBN-13: 9780868405032
  • Publisher: UNSW Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Antipodean Internet : placing Australian networks 2
2 An Internet primer : technology and governance 13
3 The emergence of the Internet in Australia : from researchers' tool to public infrastructure 30
4 The Pegasus story : a pioneering Internet venture 44
5 Net acceleration : the advent of everyday Internet 55
6 Networks of influence : Internet activism in Australia and beyond 73
7 @ home : Australian family life and the Internet 88
8 Pornography and sexuality online : implications for Internet censorship policy 102
9 The Australian misinformation economy : rethinking electronic commerce 116
10 Make new friends and kill them : online multiplayer computer game culture 133
11 Cyphers of the virtual : Australian Net art and the metaphysics of telepresence 146
12 Digital dreaming : indigenous intellectual property and new communication technologies 159
13 Reconfiguring journalism : syndication, gatewatching and multiperspectival news 177
14 Net worth : the unlikely rise of ABC online 193
15 Evolutionary constitutionalism : Australian law and the Internet 211
16 Domesticating the Internet : content regulation, virtual nation-building and the family 229
17 Park life : the commons and communications policy 242
18 Horizons of expectation : imaginary trajectories of electronic government 258
19 Histories, trends, futures : a round table on the Australian Internet 274
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