The Local Frontiers of the Global Internet: The Effect of New Technology and Global Communication on Individuals and Communities in Britain

24 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2010 Last revised: 3 Dec 2015

Date Written: November 26, 2010

Abstract

The global reach of digital technologies (ICTs) centred around the Internet is enabling individuals to network with information and people anywhere in the world. The worldwide span of this network of networks generates the risk of undermining local ‘real’ community relationships. However, this paper summarizes evidence showing that emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as online social networking, are also being widely used to enable new forms of interaction that can build stronger social relationships, locally and globally. The main practical and policy challenges to fostering an appropriate balance between local and global outcomes of such new media are highlighted.

Keywords: Internet, Communities, Globalization, Local Communities

Suggested Citation

Dutton, William H., The Local Frontiers of the Global Internet: The Effect of New Technology and Global Communication on Individuals and Communities in Britain (November 26, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1715565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1715565

William H. Dutton (Contact Author)

University of Southern California ( email )

3502 Watt Way #304
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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