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Internet, Modernization and Globalization

To its pioneers, the Internet is not just a technology but also a culture. This culture is instructive of the social and cultural embeddedness of the Internet. So are the people whose lifestyles are informed by the culture of networking, the Internet pioneers.

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Table of Contents

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Contents

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Acknowledgements

13

1. Introduction

42

2. A Social History of the Internet

62

3. Pioneering the Internet in the Developing World

98

4. From Rhetoric to Resistance: Internet and P olicymaking

130

5. Internet in Southeast Asia: A Regional Perspective

158

6. At the Vanguard of the Digital Future - Malaysia

190

7. The Peripheries of Cyberspace - Laos

222

8. Concluding Reflections: Internet Development, Modernization and Globalization

235

References

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Index