Examining Internet and Technology around the World
by Laura M. Steckman, Editor
December 2020, 380pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6721-7
$107, £83, 94€, A147
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As of early 2019, more than 25 nations had at least one national policy related to technology development, ranging widely from manufacturing to digital inclusion to artificial intelligence.

This book offers comparative insights into the challenges and opportunities surrounding emerging technology and the internet as it is used and perceived throughout the world, providing students with cross-cultural and cross-national perspectives.

The United Arab Emirates has a national goal of colonizing Mars by 2117, and China seeks to modernize its entire manufacturing process to produce cutting-edge technologies and research advances by 2025. How are other countries using the internet and emerging technologies to their advantage?

This volume in the Global Viewpoints series examines 10 issues pertaining to the internet and technology, including access and censorship, alternative energy technologies, artificial intelligence, autonomous robots, cyberbullying, cybercrime, e-learning, GMOs, online privacy, and virtual and augmented reality. For each topic, the volume features eight country-level perspectives that span the world to allow for comparisons of different nations’ specific approaches to the technology or issue.

This encyclopedia takes a new direction in understanding the importance and impact of emerging technologies on the world, showing that even when experiencing similar technologically related challenges or advances, these technologies do not form one-size-fits-all solutions for every nation and population. Even when nations develop similar technologies, human dimensions—from policy to social norms to culture—influence people and society across the world differently.


  • Shows the similarities and differences of emerging issues and successes surrounding technology development through perspectives from different world regions, allowing readers to make comparisons among the featured countries in each section
  • Provides a brief primer on each technology- and internet-related issue that functions as a baseline for each section
  • Highlights that different countries and populations having similar societal needs often need to make dissimilar technology-related choices, usually due to varying internal and external pressures ranging from social values and political systems to economic needs and developmental goals
  • Includes photographs that help to illuminate the text
Laura M. Steckman, PhD, is a fellow with the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Southeast Asian Studies. She holds advanced degrees in multiple regional area studies, education, and media psychology. She is coeditor of Online Around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of the Internet, Social Media, and Mobile Apps. She has received Fulbright-Hays and Foreign Area and Language Studies funding to study Asian and Latin American languages abroad, and conducted research on a National Security Education Program Boren Fellowship. Her research interests in digital humanities include how people, culture, and language intersect to influence the development and use of emerging technologies.
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