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STS Nexus

Nexus 3.2

Editor's Overview

By Eric D. Carlson and Pedro Hernandez-Ramos This issue draws its materials from the Networked World: Information Technology and Globalization international conference held April 24 and 25, 2003 at Santa Clara University, presented by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society and sponsored by Applied Materials, Inc.

Glocalism and our Networked World

By James L. Koch and Uri Savir Information technology is an example of "glocalism," a social process especially evident in major cities that links the benefits of globalization to local situations.

Globalization and Development: Partners or Competitors?

By Javier Elguea Information technology has global impacts on free trade, free migration, and the distribution of spiritual resources.

Lessons from the Field: The Less-Known Dimensions of the Digital Divide

By Manuel Gandara Field research in Mexico indicates there are key barriers to accessibility of information technology in developing nations. The barriers occur in six areas: operability, intelligibility, cultural compatibility, relevance, usability, and security.

E-waste and the Greening of the Information Age

By Chad Raphael E-waste is creating global ecological and health problems. Although legislation and treaties are being developed, much more remains to be done if we are to have a "green" rather than "black" information age.

Intellectual Property and Social Needs in a Networked World

By Howard Anawalt Interlaced economies and ICT (information and communication technologies) have combined to produce much of what we understand aas "globalization." The four papers in the STS NEXUS 3.2 Supplement each describe different aspects of how international intellectual property and copyright rules shape the effects of ICT on private property rights and social needs.

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