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World of the 21st Century: Impact of the Internet on Humanity

This guide features resources about how the world is different in the 21st Century. The resources focus on four areas: climate change; future of work; globalization and the politics of food; and impact of the internet on humanity.

Impact of the Internet on Humanity: E-Books

Digital Cities

Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity by Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, & William W. Franko

The authors of this book present new data ranking broadband access and use in major cities across the nation. These findings illustrate how internet access and the significance of place are working together to shape the digital age.

The Future Internet

The Future Internet: Alternative Visions by Jennifer Winter & Ryota Ono

The impact of the internet is being felt across the world, and the sociotechnical complexity of this growing entity has caught the attention of scholars, businesspeople, and policymakers alike. Analyzing the interplay of social, technical, political, cultural, and economic dynamics, this text offers perspectives on how the internet could impact humanity, in many respects, in our near future.

Virtual Communities

Virtual Communities, Social Networks and Collaboration edited by Athina A. Lazakidou

Social networks and new media technologies have created thriving online communities, where people create, collaborate, and share knowledge and information. By focusing on the design, development, and impact of electronic groups and online communities, this book offers readers new perspectives on social networks and their real-world impacts.

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Impact of the Internet on Humanity: Open Access Monographs

Onlife Manifesto

The Onlife Manifesto: Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era edited by Luciano Floridi

The Manifesto launches an open debate on the impacts of ICTs on public spaces, politics and societal expectations toward policymaking in the Digital Agenda for Europe’s remit. More broadly, it helps start a reflection on the way in which a hyperconnected world calls for rethinking the referential frameworks on which policies are built.


Datafield Society

The Datafield Society. Studying Culture through Data edited by Mirko Tobias Schäfer & Karin van Es

This book critically reflects on the role of data in academia and society and challenges overly optimistic expectations considering data practices as means for understanding social reality. It introduces its readers to the practices and methods for data analysis and visualization and raises questions not only about the politics of data tools, but also about the ethics in collecting, sifting through data, and presenting data research.

CC BY NC 3.0


The Cyborg: A Treatise on the Artificial Man by Antonio Caronia

In the post-fordist era of digital networked media the cyborg unfolds itself in the dissemination of multiple bodies: on the Internet, in the shift of individual identity, in the new collective aggregation connected by software. It bridges virtuality and concreteness, possibility and necessity. The cyborg thus becomes a field of social conflict, one of the new figures in which the bio-political perspective is embodied.


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Impact of the Internet on Humanity: Videos

Breaking the Wall

Breaking the Wall to Digital Democracy: How Socio-Physics Shapes the Future of Smart Societies a Falling Walls Foundation Production

The Internet of Things has brought forth an era of digital connectivity, producing a flood of data and statistics on how and why people are utilizing the internet. This wellspring of data has shown a need for the creation of frameworks for organizing and understanding big data. In this film, Dirk Helbing proposes a model for a democratic data ecosystem with a citizen-owned participatory platform, where big data is treated as a public good.


Killswitch: The Battle to Control the Internet a film by Cinecity Pictures and Akorn Entertainment

This award winning documentary frames the story of two hactivists, Aaron Swartz & Edward Snowden, and their roles in disrupting the dynamic nature of the internet. Innovation, free speech, and democracy are popular topics of concern as the world battles for control over the Internet.

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