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Internet Studies: The Foundations of a Transformative Field

William H. Dutton

in The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589074
Published online March 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199589074.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Internet Studies: The Foundations of a Transformative Field

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This chapter offers a broad overview of Internet Studies. The key challenge of Internet Studies research focuses on the discovery of concepts, models, theories, and related frameworks that give a more empirically valid understanding of the factors influencing the Internet and its societal implications. The Internet can be used in everyday life and work, and in a converging media world. The study of Internet policy and regulation has focused on issues of freedom of expression, privacy, and ‘Internet governance’. Then, the chapter briefly discusses the issue on the definition of the Internet, and how its resolution is connected to how narrowly or broadly people draw the history of the Internet and the boundaries of the field. It is observed that studies of politics, relationships, news, and other phenomena are exploring the Internet within a larger ecology of information and communications technologies (ICTs). Also, the Internet and related ICTs are globally important.

Keywords: Internet Studies; everyday life; work; media world; Internet policy; Internet governance; ICTs

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Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Ethics

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