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International Communications

Jonathan D. Aronson

in Communication

ISBN: 9780199756841
Published online June 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756841-0066
International Communications

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International communications is an extremely broad, interdisciplinary topic. To master communications, experts must have at least some knowledge of engineering, computer science, politics, economics, sociology, anthropology, business, law, and public policy plus in-depth expertise on two or three of these topics. To master international communications, experts need the same wide-ranging knowledge for several countries or regions. Tackling this topic requires choices on what to include and what to exclude. Most of the citations annotated in this article come from a political economy perspective, with a strong historical, theoretical, policy, and governance flavor. These articles focus on information and communication technologies in terms of content that flows across borders, infrastructure and networks that span continents, and software that ties everything together plus their consequences, regulation, and governance. Also included are issue-based sections, each of which contains seven or eight important items to introduce readers to key issues. These are (1) Big Data, broadband, mobility, and networking (but not net neutrality); (2) the Cloud; (3) cybersecurity and privacy, but not cyberwar; (4) freedom, democracy, and human rights; (5) development and the digital divide; (6) innovation and disruption, (7) intellectual property and the Commons; (8) the Internet and the web; (9) global media; (10) policy and regulation; and (11) governance and institutions. Academic centers, conferences, international organizations, journals and blogs, nongovernmental organizations, regulators, and data sources that deal with important aspects of international communications are also noted. Web links are provided when available to allow readers to find and often download the books and articles cited here. This article does not attempt to cover intercultural, interpersonal, or mass communications and intentionally has little information about dealing with media and comparative media systems. International public relations and corporate communications are also excluded. Further, this article does not focus on commercial or technical issues related to international communications, such as standard setting, spectrum allocation, and satellite communications. Finally, national and comparative communications studies are not included here, with rare exceptions.

Article.  11581 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies

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