The Internet of Elsewhere

SMC_MCR and MadLab are delighted to host a book reading and discussion with American journalist and writer Cyrus Farivar.

Saturday 29th October, 7pm to 9pm on at Madlab

Through the lens of culture, The Internet of Elsewhere looks at the role of the Internet as a catalyst in transforming communications, politics, and economics. Cyrus Farivar explores the Internet’s history and effects in four distinct and, to some, surprising societies–Iran, Estonia, South Korea, and Senegal. He profiles Web pioneers in these countries and, at the same time, surveys the environments in which they each work. After all, contends Farivar, despite California’s great success in creating the Internet and spawning companies like Apple and Google, in some areas the United States is still years behind other nations.

Surprised? You won’t be for long as Farivar proves there are reasons that:

Skype was invented in Estonia–the same country that developed a digital ID system and e-voting
Iran was the first country in the world to arrest a blogger, in 2003
South Korea is the most wired country on the planet, with faster and less expensive broadband than anywhere in the United States
Senegal may be one of sub-Saharan Africa’s best chances for greater Internet access
The Internet of Elsewhere brings forth a new complex and modern understanding of how the Internet spreads globally, with both good and bad effects.

Cyrus will be selling signed copies of his book at the event.

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