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
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
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