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We review the evidence from a number of surveys in which our NetLab has been involved about the extent to which the Internet is transforming or enhancing community. The studies show that the Internet is used for connectivity locally as well as globally, although the nature of its use varies in different countries. Internet use is adding on to other forms of(More)
How does the Internet affect social capital in terms of social contact, civic engagement, and a sense of community? Does online involvement increase, decrease, or supplement the ways in which people engage? Our evidence comes from a 1998 survey of North American visitors to the National Geographic Society website, one of the first large-scale web surveys of(More)
The Possible Importance of Place The Internet presents a paradox of place. On the one hand, it is the principal means by which the " global village " communicates – to use Marshall McLuhan's evocative phrase (1962). Its ability to connect people at the speed of light reduces the importance of spatial distance. As long as people and organizations are on the(More)
How does the connectivity afforded by new communication and transportation technologies affect entrepreneurs' geographic and social closeness to each other? Using qualitative and quantitative evidence we analyze how Chinese Canadian entrepreneurs combine the Internet and airplane travel in their business activities. Our results show that the use of new(More)