The Internet is young and continues to be a space of rapid innovation, particularly in patterns of access and use. The cultures of the Internet might be more stable, since they are anchored in the values and attitudes of individuals for whom the Internet is but one, often minor, aspect of their everyday life and work. However, the last four decades of this ‘network of networks’ has seen dramatic changes in who has access to this and related information and communication technologies, and how people use and view these technologies. Globally, this lecture provides a snapshot of the diffusion and use of the Internet that suggest the emergence of a ‘New Internet World’. Together, these trends provide a perspective on the development of a new Internet world, which will hopefully trigger further research on these themes.
This lecture is part of a public series on “Society and the Internet”, run by the OII. The series will continue in Hilary (spring) term.
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