China has 162 million Internet subscribers – 12.3% of the total population of China, but over 50% of the total population of the U.S. And as Internet connectivity and use in China is growing, so too is China’s influence over the Internet. The Associated Press...

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 10:34pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza


Brazilians are passionate about the Internet, and all the social media applications the Internet has made possible. Internet use and social media are pervading a wide range of aspects of life in Brazil, such that even those who do not have Internet access or choose not to participate in social media are frequently aware that the Internet and all its related applications are being inextricably...

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 6:43pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza


Kenya provides a great individual case study of the African blogosphere, as there has been a lot happening there in terms of developing Internet access and localized Kenyan content in 2007. Despite halting progress, The Kenyan government is working on securing more widespread Internet access through an undersea fiberoptic cable, and...

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 1:05am
Category: 2007 Global Plaza


South Africa seems to have a ton of social networking services – see Uno de Waal’s blog post listing some of them. Yet aside from South Africa, I only know of one other African-born social network, mykenyanspace.com, and even this network is not actually hosted in Kenya....

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:53am
Category: 2007 Global Plaza


Did you know that Americans do not have the largest social networking communities in the world? According to market research by Ipsos, America comes in fifth place in terms of number of people connected to a social network – South Korea comes in first. According to Ipsos,

Leading all other markets in its love...

Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 11:55pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza


There’s been an ongoing discussion about whether social networking is a passing fad or a form of connection that is here to stay – and if it is here to stay, how pervasive or inconsequential it will be, and what it will look like as social networking applications continue to develop and reinvent themselves.

The single most significant expression I’ve seen of this outstanding question...

Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 10:49pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza


I am not asking for a comprehensive definition. I have yet to come across any definition that does anything more than offer an understanding of social networking in the broadest possible terms. On August 6 of this year for example, the Wikipedia defined social networking as a service that “focuses on the building and verifying of...

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2007 - 9:46pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza


Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:24am
Category: Uncategorized


The Special Interest Group for International Information Issues (SIG-III, part of the American Society for Information Science and Technology) maintains this blog as a means for communicating with members, colleagues, and others interested in international information issues -- in other words the global flow of...

Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 9:54pm
Category: Uncategorized


Welcome to the Global Information Village Plaza, or GIVP, space on the SIG-III blog. The 2007 GIVP discussion focuses on social networking in international contexts -- for example, how social networking services differ by country, and how people from diverse cultural backgrounds use social networking services differently. We've posted a number of topics and questions below to spark...

Posted: Friday, February 16, 2007 - 9:52pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza


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