Addressing the World: National Identity and Internet Country Code Domains
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Addressing the World

National Identity and Internet Country Code Domains

By Erica Schlesinger Wass

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Format: Paperback / softback, 186 pages
Published In: United States, 28 October 2003
Few people think of an Internet domain name like .us or .in as anything other than an address - when, in fact, it often serves as a roadmap to national identities and priorities. Addressing the World looks behind eleven of the 240 global domain names, from the United States and Australia to Moldova and East Timor. Stories and first-person accounts by activists, journalists, Internet administrators, lawyers, and academics examine the sociological, historical, political, and technological development of Internet country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). Visit our website for sample chapters!

Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction- Lots of Dots Chapter 3 1: The NeverEnding ccTLD Story Chapter 4 2: East Timor's .TP: From a Virtual Initiative to a Political Reality Chapter 5 3: Chile's .CL: A Virtual Home for Chileans Worldwide Chapter 6 4: India's .IN: Underused and Under Appreciated Chapter 7 5: Malaysia's .MY: Globalization and Domain Identification Among Malaysian Students Chapter 8 6: Sweden's .SE: Re-establishing Itself as the Best Choice for All Swedes Chapter 9 7: Niue's .NU: Providing a Free Internet to an Isolated Nation Chapter 10 8: Moldova's .MD: The Little Domain That Roared Chapter 11 9: China's .CN: Reaching Every Corner of the World Chapter 12 10: Swaziland's .SZ: Virtual Symbols of Swaziland's National Aspirations and Character Chapter 13 11: The United States' .US: Striving for the American Dream Chapter 14 12: Australia's .AU: Australia's Second Gold Rush Part 15 Conclusion: Only Time Will Tell Part 16 About the Contributors Part 17 Notes Part 18 Appendix: The Top-Level Domains Part 19 Index

About the Author

Erica Schlesinger Wass is a journalist and an attorney in New York City. She writes about the Internet and the social implications of its use and governance. In addition to being a lecturer in the Strategic Communications Program at Columbia University, Wass is a frequent classroom guest lecturer on Internet law issues.


Addressing the World is a sophisticated look at a poorly understood, if key, aspect of the Internet. Erica Schlesinger Wass and her contributors do an excellent job of delineating the political and commercial forces that shape a global medium in a world still dominated by nation states. -- Robert Teitelman, editor-in-chief of The Deal, The Daily Deal, and This volume provides the next generation of scholars with a useful base of international information on which to chart the politics and commodification of the Internet. Its information and detail are a welcome contribution to the field. It challenges assumptions about not only how the Internet operates but also what its naming conventions mean for issues of local and national identity, for access to free and uncensored communication capabilities, and for matters of political-and commercial-expression. The Information Society This book offers a fresh and insightful perspective on the Internet and its implications for life in the global village. Taking an international perspective, the chapters provide a combination of original research and theory to explain the nature and impact of the Internet on diverse populations around the world. I recommend this book as a must-read for those interested in either the Internet or its global consequences. -- John Pavlik, Rutgers University

EAN: 9780742528109
ISBN: 0742528103
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Dimensions: 23.37 x 14.99 x 1.45 centimeters (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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