International Communication

Jonathan D. Aronson

in Communication

ISBN: 9780199756841
Published online June 2012 | | DOI:
International Communication


International communications is an impossibly 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 here 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) broadband, mobility, and networking (but not net neutrality); (2) the Cloud; (3) cybersecurity and privacy (but not cyberwar or cyberterrorism); (4) freedom, democracy, and human rights; (5) development and the digital divide; (6) intellectual property and the Commons; (7) the Internet and the web; and (8) global media. 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 bibliography 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 bibliography 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. This bibliography was prepared with the assistance of Tamara Baumann, Stacey Goldstein, Mark Goodnight, Alex Laverty, David McDougall, Soumya Nath, Teruhiko Sato, Vanessa Valdivia, and Tina Zeng.

Article.  12757 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies

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