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Digital World

Connectivity, Creativity and Rights, 1st Edition

Edited by Gillian Youngs


208 pages

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The Internet and digital technologies have changed the world we live in and the ways we engage with one another and work and play. This is the starting point for this collection which takes analysis of the digital world to the next level exploring the frontiers of digital and creative transformations and mapping their future directions. It brings together a distinctive collection of leading academics, social innovators, activists, policy specialists and digital and creative practitioners to discuss and address the challenges and opportunities in the contemporary digital and creative economy.

Contributions explain the workings of the digital world through three main themes: connectivity, creativity and rights. They combine theoretical and conceptual discussions with real world examples of new technologies and technological and creative processes and their impacts. Discussions range across political, economic and cultural areas and assess national contexts including the UK and China. Areas covered include digital identity and empowerment, the Internet and the ‘Fifth Estate’, social media and the Arab Spring, digital storytelling, transmedia and audience, economic and social innovation, digital inclusion, community and online curation, cyberqueer activism. The volume developed out of a UK Economic and Social Research Council funded research seminar series.


'This books is an attractive collection of an introduction and twelve essays about the impact of the internet on society.' - Mark Frank, University of Southampton

Table of Contents

Introduction Digital world: connectivity, creativity and rights Gillian Youngs, University of Brighton Part I: Connectivity Chapter 1. Innovation challenges in the digital economy Damian Radcliffe, Cardiff University and ictQATAR Chapter 2. Politics of digital development: informatization and governance in China Xiudian Dai, University of Hull Chapter 3. Digital inclusion: a case for micro perspectives Panayiota Tsatsou, Swansea University Chapter 4. Social innovation and digital community curation Matt Chilcott, University of Glamorgan and CMC2 Monmouthshire Part II: Creativity Chapter 5. Creativity and digital innovation David Gauntlett, University of Westminster Chapter 6. Digital story and the new creativity Hamish Fyfe, University of Glamorgan Chapter 7. Photography’s transformation in the digital age: artistic and everyday forms Mark Durden, University of Wales, Newport Chapter 8Transmedia storytelling and audience: memory and market Colin B. Harvey, University of Western Sydney and London South Bank University Part III: Rights Chapter 9. The Fifth Estate of the digital world William H. Dutton and Elizabeth Dubois, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford Chapter 10. Economic innovations and political empowerment Khaled Galal, Communications Consultant Chapter 11. A cyberconflict analysis of the 2011 Arab Spring Athina Karatzogianni, University of Hull Chapter 12. Cyberqueer perspectives on rights and activism Tracy Simmons, University of Leicester

About the Editor

Gillian Youngs is Professor of Digital Economy and has been researching diverse aspects of the internet's impact on society and economy for 15 years developing out of her early focus on globalisation. She has given invited keynote and guest papers internationally in the US, China, South Korea, Turkey, Hungary, Germany, Holland, Spain, Austria, Tanzania.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Political Communication

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General