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Archive for February 2007

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Written by sigiii

February 20, 2007 at 2:24 pm

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Welcome to the SIG-III blog

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 information, and how people from different countries and cultural backgrounds think about and use information differently.

I (Aaron Bowen, your blog administrator) regularly post articles on different aspects of this topic — current news on information access and use in different countries, as well as related social issues such as globalization, the digital divide, and censorship. Specific examples of these articles include social networks in different countries and how people use them differently, or censorship and subversion on the Web in modern China. In addition to facilitating blog discussion on international information issues, SIG-III members have a live discussion of them every year in the Global Information Village Plaza, part of the ASIS&T Annual Meetings.

Each header on each post is a hyperlink. Clicking it will take you to a page with the original post and all discussion comments that have been added.

We welcome your views! While we reserve the right to remove posts we deem to be spam or malicious in nature, we do not place restrictions on what you may post and we welcome all ideas. Thanks for taking a look at the blog and for contributing your thoughts!

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Written by sigiii

February 18, 2007 at 1:54 am

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5th Global Information Village Plaza – MySpace, OurSpace: a discussion of social media in the international sphere

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 discussion:

What do we mean by social networking and why talk about it?

Global social networking — Did you know that Americans do not have the largest social networking communities in the world?

The African blogosphere – more extensive than you might think

The African blogosphere part II – Kenya. Don’t look now, but the Kenyan blogosphere is vibrant and growing.

Social media and the Internet in Brazil

Sex, Blogs, and the Great Firewall Part I – Censorship Censorship and subversion on the Web in modern China

Sex, Blogs, and the Great Firewall Part II – Sexuality and Subversion in China. Sex in the Chinese blogosphere — and what official censors think of it.

What’s in a name? Questions of privacy in a Chinese social network

From São Paulo and London with Love. Sex in the Blogosphere in Brazil and England.

Written by sigiii

February 17, 2007 at 1:52 am

Posted in 2007 Global Plaza