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The Internet of Elsewhere : The Emergent Effects of a Wired World - Cyrus Farivar

The Internet of Elsewhere

The Emergent Effects of a Wired World

By: Cyrus Farivar, Vinton G. Cerf (Foreword by)

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Published: 8th June 2011
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Through the lens of culture, The Internet of Elsewhere looks at the role of the Internet as a catalyst in transforming communications, politics, and economics. Cyrus Farivar explores the Internet's history and effects in four distinct and, to some, surprising societies—Iran, Estonia, South Korea, and Senegal. He profiles Web pioneers in these countries and, at the same time, surveys the environments in which they each work. After all, contends Farivar, despite California's great success in creating the Internet and spawning companies like Apple and Google, in some areas the United States is still years behind other nations.

Surprised? You won't be for long as Farivar proves there are reasons that:

  • Skype was invented in Estonia—the same country that developed a digital ID system and e-voting;
  • Iran was the first country in the world to arrest a blogger, in 2003;
  • South Korea is the most wired country on the planet, with faster and less expensive broadband than anywhere in the United States;
  • Senegal may be one of sub-Saharan Africa's best chances for greater Internet access.

The Internet of Elsewhere brings forth a new complex and modern understanding of how the Internet spreads globally, with both good and bad effects.

"Cyrus Farivar has written a brilliant first book. He has the thoughtful pen of a novelist, the observational zeal of an investigative journalist, and the insight of an experienced technologist."--Karim Sadjadpour"Carnegie Endowment for International Peace" (01/01/2010) "Cyrus Farivar''s skill as a perceptive analyst and captivating storyteller let us see the future of a connected world through his seasoned eyes."--Ethan Zuckerman"Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University" (01/01/2010) "Cyrus Farivar's skill as a perceptive analyst and captivating storyteller let us see the future of a connected world through his seasoned eyes."--Ethan Zuckerman"Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University" (01/01/2010) "Cyrus Farivar, a great friend of Estonia, has chronicled my country's recent and unprecedented technological history with this exceptional book."--The Honorable President Toomas Hendrik Ilves"Estonia" (01/01/2010) "There's nothing like a good shot of clear-eyed, upbeat globalism to shatter the dreary national myopia and restore our sense of wonder about what really is an amazing contemporary world. Cyrus Farivar's new book provides just such an injection of multicultural journalisitic insight."--Paul Di Filippo"Barnes & Noble Review" (07/11/2011) "There''s nothing like a good shot of clear-eyed, upbeat globalism to shatter the dreary national myopia and restore our sense of wonder about what really is an amazing contemporary world. Cyrus Farivar''s new book provides just such an injection of multicultural journalisitic insight."--Paul Di Filippo"Barnes & Noble Review" (07/11/2011)

ISBN: 9780813549620
ISBN-10: 0813549620
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 8th June 2011
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49