Mar 7, 2015
The world has watched the Arab Spring unfold, watched social networks
and the ways in which they are censored in China and Iran. But what
about regions that fall under the international media's gaze less often,
where the Internet is still in its infancy? What role do technological
development, a society's self-image and its level of education play in
the spread of the Internet?
Author and DW journalist Cyrus Farivar offers food for thought in his
book, "The Internet of Elsewhere." He writes, "When the Internet
arrives, it bumps up against various preexisting political, economic,
social and cultural histories and contexts - and often what comes out
are rather surprising results." That's the backdrop for a discussion by
the expert and BOBs juror Shahidul Alam the chairman of Majority World,
who explores complex intersections between the Internet and society by
looking at the example of Bangladesh.
Watch the discussion on The Borders of the Global Village.