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The Internet : Global Viewpoints - Gary Wiener

The Internet

Global Viewpoints

By: Gary Wiener (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th June 2010
ISBN: 9780737749366
Number Of Pages: 270
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old

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Each anthology in the new Global Viewpoints series (which does not duplicate any material in the Opposing Viewpoints series) delivers contemporary perspectives on the featured issue -- with the majority of the material reflecting stances of countries other than the United States. Primary sources, including speeches and government documents, join essays from international magazines and news sources for a truly panoramic view. Helpful features include an annotated table of contents, a world map and country index, a bibliography and a subject index.

Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 14
The Cultural Impact of the Internet
The Internet Makes Distance Matter Less for Good and Illp. 22
The Internet Is Destroying the Worldp. 29
The Internet Will Fracture, Rather than Join, Culturesp. 39
Online Social Media Offer the Freedom to Share Boring Contentp. 50
Social networking is overrated. The technology is impressive, but the content is the same old drivel.
China Uses Harsh Rehabilitation Techniques on Young Internet Addictsp. 56
Chinese officials see Internet addiction as a serious affliction and take stern measures to rehabilitate patients.
In Bangladesh, the Internet Is Improving People's Livesp. 65
Ordinary Bangladeshi people have access to services they never dreamed of having, thanks to the Internet.
South Africans' Lives Have Been Changed by the Internetp. 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.
The Internet Will Undermine Serious Journalism in Australiap. 80
The Internet values superficial and flashy news over serious, in-depth articles, and therefore poses a dire threat to serious print journalism.
Periodical Bibliographyp. 87
The Political Impact of the Internet
In Canada, the Internet Is Slowly Changing Political Campaingsp. 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.
Iran's Dissidents Use Social Networking to Challenge Government Powerp. 95
After the disputed 2009 Iranian elections, common people used Twitter and Facebook as powerful tools to provide the world with information.
Technology Will Not Stop Evil Regimesp. 104
Those who argue idealistically that the Internet can transform international politics and prevent evil regimes are wrong.
The Internet Will Save Chinap. 109
The Internet has revolutionized the way in which dissenters can disseminate their ideas to other like-minded individuals to challenge the status quo.
In England, the Internet Has the Potential to Engage Voters in the Political Systemp. 115
The Internet has made once-privileged information available to all and leveled the playing field between voters and their elected representatives.
Periodical Bibliographyp. 124
Internet Regulation and Censorship
Internet Filters in Australia Are Not Worth the Costp. 126
Expensive attempts to prevent Australians from seeing so-called objectionable content on the Internet are often ineffective.
Japan's Internet Regulations May Create More Problems than They Solvep. 132
Well-intentioned regulation of the Internet by Japanese officials leaves questions about whether good content can be distinguished from bad.
Gaza's People Need Support from the Western World to Preserve Their Internet Freedomp. 140
Through violence, Islamic terrorists in Gaza have severely curtailed the ability of citizens to communicate with the rest of the world.
Cubans Need Unrestricted Internet Accessp. 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.
Europe Must Preserve an Open Internetp. 153
Enacting policies to give Internet service providers more power will stem innovation and may stop the next Google from ever becoming a reality.
Network Neutrality May Not Be Practicalp. 161
The current Internet infrastructure may be inadequate to handle the increasing traffic. New thinking about how users pay for bandwidth may be necessary.
Sweden Should Legalize Online File Sharingp. 169
File sharing is an inevitable development of Internet technology and should not be banned or subject to regulation.
Germany Must Balance Internet Regulation with Freedom of Speechp. 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 Bibliographyp. 183
Cybercrime and Cyberwar
Nigeria Must Crack Down on Its Cybercriminalsp. 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.
Russian Organized Crime Pervades the World Wide Webp. 192
The Russian Business Network has evolved into a worldwide crime organization dedicated to making illegal profits via the Internet.
Terrorist Organizations Use the Internet for Recruitmentp. 200
The Internet is a powerful recruitment tool for terrorists, who use targeted advertising to attract vulnerable people, including women and children.
Australia Must Fight Internet Crime and Support Its Victimsp. 207
Australia has an ethical responsibility to curb the spread of cybercrimes and give aid to victims of such crimes.
Globally, Cyberwarfare Is a Threat to National Securityp. 214
Cyberwarfare is a legitimate threat to governments, and every war going forward will have a cyber component.
Cyberwar Is an Exaggerationp. 226
Cyberwarfare is overstated as an effective tool. Countries should stop inciting fear over cyberwarfare and instead work on strengthening their infrastructure.
Periodical Bibliographyp. 240
Glossaryp. 241
For Further Discussionp. 243
Organizations to Contactp. 245
Bibliography of Booksp. 249
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780737749366
ISBN-10: 0737749369
Series: Global Viewpoints
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 29th June 2010
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised