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The Internet on Earth: A Geography of Information

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The Internet on Earth: A Geography of Information

Aharon Kellerman

ISBN: 978-0-470-84450-2 November 2002 282 Pages

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A fascinating and vital area of research, the geography of information describes the role of information as both economic and commercial product and its distribution and movement across boundaries of cyberspace and conventional geography. Written by a pioneer in telecommunications geography research, this prize winning title (AAG award 2003) applies information geography to the world of high-tech, examining the latest wrinkles in the Internet, Silicon Valley, mobile telephony, and other key areas. 
  • the first book to provide both a context for the geography of information and a critical overview of recent research.
  • Includes location-specific references and case studies.
  • Examines the information society, information economy, telecommunications and its geographical impact.

Contexts

Information and Knowledge

The Information Society

The Information Economy

Information Politics

Information Law

Conclusion

Basics

The Scope of Information Geography

Space

Place

Conclusion

Technology

Information and Technology

Technology and Flows

Knowledge

Innovation

Technology

Information Technology Regions

Conclusion

Information Volumes and Origins

The Internet: Evolution and Structure

A Conceptual Framework for Information Production

Ranking Urban Centers of Information Production

Global Centers: New York and Los Angeles

IT R&D Information Production

Conclusion

Contents

Content Demand and Location

Capital as Information

E-Commerce and Location

Geographic Language

Conclusion

Transmission

The Internet Backbones

Flows

US Leadership in Telecommunications

Conclusion

Media

Leading Nations

The Digital Divide

Conclusion

Consumption

Social Uses of the Internet

Internet Consumption in Cities

Use and Location

Broadband

Conclusion

Beyond

Challenges

Geography of Information

"...an excellent textbook...provides very rich descriptions...should be congratulated for presenting 'hot-button' issues..." (New Media & Society, Vol 6(3), June 2004)

"...a useful book that synthesises a great deal of contemporary literature..." (Environment & Planning B: Planning and Design, Vo. 31, No.3 2004) 

"Its collection and subsequent organization of references, as well as the clarity of its presentation, should make it highly appealing to a wide audience." (Urban Studies, July 2005)

  • The first systematic treatment of the newly evolving field of the geography of information
  • A unique focus on the Internet, covering the major phases and dimensions of its operations
  • International coverage with national and urban specific references/case studies
  • Coverage of hot topics from the geography of high-technology e.g. the role of the US-Silicon Valley; E-Commerce; Mobile telephony
  • Single authored, well-structured, consistent enquiry into the nature of information society / economy / telecommunications and its geographical impact.