The Political Economy of the Internet in Asia and the Pacific: Digital Divides, Economic Competitiveness, and Security Challenges

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Jason Abbott
Praeger, Jan 1, 2004 - Business & Economics - 203 pages

It is a common belief that the Internet can provide real opportunities for political transformation, especially in societies where freedom of speech is constrained by the government. This volume explores the Internet's political and developmental impact by analyzing it at the local, regional, and international levels. The essays combine to show that limited Internet accessibility in some countries has led to a problematic digital divide.

Entry subjects range from the two giants of Asia, China and India, to the microstates in the Pacific. Each incisive essay takes a fresh look at the issues facing the Asia-Pacific region. Topics include:

Censorship and participation

The Internet's role in the global economy

Cyber-threats and Cyber-activisms

The Digital Diaspora

E-Mobilization and E-Democracy"

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JASON P. ABBOTT is Visiting Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has published widely on economic development, democratization, and international political economy. His most recent publication is Developmentalism and Dependency in Southeast Asia, (Routledge, 2003) His work has also appeared in Asian Studies Review, Development Policy Review , and Third World Quarterly.

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