Global Networks

Computers and International Communication

Global Networks takes up the host of issues raised by the new networking technology that now links individuals, groups, and organizations in different countries and on different continents. The twenty-one contributions focus on the implementation, application, and impact of computer-mediated communication in a global context.

Previously limited to scientific research, global networks now have an impact on social, educational, and business communications. Individuals with a personal computer, a modem, and some simple software can join a new social community that is based on interest, not location. Global Networks, which was written largely with the assistance of the internet, provides an understanding of the issues, opportunities, and pitfalls of this new social connectivity. It looks at how networking technology can support and augment communication and collaboration from such perspectives as policy constraints and opportunities, language differences, cross-cultural communication, and social network design.

Contributors: Linda M. Harasim, John Quarterman, Howard Rheingold, Anne Branscomb, Lee Sproull, Sara Kiesler, Marvin Manheim, Hiroshi Ishii, Jan Walls, Michael Kirby, Catherine Murray, Andrew Feenberg, Robin Mason, Margaret Riel, Beryl Bellman, Alex Jeffrey Shapard, Lucio Teles, Howard Frederick, Mitchell Kapor, Daniel Weitzner, Shumpei Kumon, lzurni Aizu, Robert Jacobson.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Global Networks: An Introduction

    Linda M. Harasim

  3. 2. Networlds: Networks as Social Space

    Linda M. Harasim

  4. 3. The Global Matrix of Minds

    John S. Quaterman

  5. 4. A Slice of Life in My Virtual Community

    Howard Rheingold

  6. 5. Jurisdictional Quandaries for Global Networks

    Anne Wells Branscomb

  7. 6. Computers, Networks, and Work

    Lee Sproull and Sara Kiesler

  8. 7. Integrating Global Organizations through Task/Team Support Systems

    Marvin Manheim

  9. 8. Cross-Cultural Communication and CSCW

    Hiroshi Ishii

  10. 9. Global Networking for Local Development: Task Focus and Relationship Focus in Cross-Cultural Communication

    Jan Walls

  11. 10. Information Security: At Risk?

    Michael Kirby and Catherine Murray

  12. 11. Building a Global Network: The WBSI Experience

    Andrew Feenberg

  13. 12. Computer Conferencing and the New Europe

    Robin Mason

  14. 13. Global Education through Learning Circles

    Margaret Riel

  15. 14. Technology Transfer in Global Networking: Capacity Building in Africa and Latin America

    Beryl Bellman, Alex Tindimubona and Armando Arias, Jr.

  16. 15. Islands in the (Data)Stream: Language, Character Codes, and Electronic Isolation in Japan

    Jeffrey Shapard

  17. 16. Cognitive Apprenticeship on Global Networks

    Lucio Teles

  18. 17. Computer Networks and the Emergence of Global Civil Society

    Howard Frederick

  19. 18. Social and Industrial Policy for Public Networks: Visions for the Future

    Mitchel Kapor and Daniel Weitzner

  20. 19. Co-Emulation: The Case for a Global Hypernetwork Society

    Shumpei Kumo and Izumi Aizu

  21. 20. Sailing through Cyberspace: Counting the Stars in Passing

    Robert Jacobson

  22. 21. The Global Authoring Network

    Linda M. Harasim and Jan Walls

  23. Appendix: A Sampler of Global Network Addresses
  24. Contributors
  25. Notes
  26. References
  27. Index