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)
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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 CD++ tool was created to simulate complex physical systems using a cell-based approach. The original visualization facilities of this tool were too limited. We extended them using VRML in order to provide a 3D graphical interface to allow the users to analyze execution results with ease. The tool was built using a client/server architecture, therefore,… (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)
(Data Available) Communities started changing from groups to networks well before the advent of the Internet. Initially, people believed that industrialization and bureaucratization would dissolve community groups and leave only isolated, alienated individuals. Then scholars discovered that communities continued, but more as sparsely-knit,… (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)