This book offers a comprehensive overview of recent research on the internet, emphasizing its spatial dimensions, geospatial applications, and the numerous social and geographic implications such as the digital divide and the mobile internet.
Written by leading scholars in the field, the book sheds light on the origins and the multiple facets of the internet. It addresses the various definitions of cyberspace and the rise of the World Wide Web, draws upon media theory, as well as explores the physical infrastructure such as the global skein of fibre optics networks and broadband connectivity. Several economic dimensions, such as e-commerce, e-tailing, e-finance, e-government, and e-tourism, are also explored. Apart from its most common uses such as Google Earth, social media like Twitter, and neogeography, this volume also presents the internet’s novel uses for ethnographic research and the study of digital diasporas.
Illustrated with numerous graphics, maps, and charts, the book will best serve as supplementary reading for academics, students, researchers, and as a professional handbook for policy makers involved in communications, media, retailing, and economic development.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction Barney Warf
PART I Conceiving the history, technology, and geography of the internet
2 Is cyberspace there after all? Aharon Kellerman
3 The World Wide Web as media ecology Michael L. Black
4 Robustness and the internet: a geographic fiber-optic infrastructure perspective Ramakrishnan Durairajan
5 The history of broadband Elizabeth Mack
6 The mobile internet Matthew Kelley
7 Geographies of the internet in rural areas in developing countries Jeffrey James
8 Geographies of global digital divides James B. Pick and Avijit Sarkar
PART II Political economy of the internet
9 The geography of e-commerce Bruno Moriset
10 Online retailing Emily Fekete
11 Finance and information technologies: opposite sides of the same coin Jayson J. Funke
12 E-tourism Irene Cheng Chu Chan and Rob Law
13 The state and cyberspace: e-government geographies Barney Warf
14 A geography of the internet in China Xiang Zhang
PART III The internet in everyday life
15 Google Earth Todd Patterson
16 Augmented Reality: an overview Mark Billinghurst
17 Twitter Matthew Haffner
18 Neogeography Wen Lin
19 Ethnographic research and the internet Tyler Sonnichsen
20 Cyber-spatial cartographies of digital diasporas Michel S. Laguerre
21 Wearable internet for wellness and health: interdigital territories of new technology Monica Murero
22 The Internet of Things Anurag Agarwal and Bhuvan Unhelkar
Barney Warf is a Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching interests lie within the broad domain of human geography, particularly telecommunications and the internet.