Welcome to the Global Information Village Plaza, or GIVP, space on the SIG-III blog. The 2007 GIVP discussion focuses on social networking in international contexts -- for example, how social networking services differ by country, and how people from diverse cultural backgrounds use social networking services differently. We've posted a number of topics and questions below to spark discussion:

What do we mean by social networking and why talk about it?

Global social networking -- Did you know that Americans do not have the largest social networking communities in the world?

The African blogosphere – more extensive than you might think

The African blogosphere part II – Kenya. Don't look now, but the Kenyan blogosphere is vibrant and growing.

Social media and the Internet in Brazil

Sex, Blogs, and the Great Firewall Part I – Censorship Censorship and subversion on the Web in modern China

Sex, Blogs, and the Great Firewall Part II – Sexuality and Subversion in China. Sex in the Chinese blogosphere -- and what official censors think of it.

What’s in a name? Questions of privacy in a Chinese social network

From São Paulo and London with Love. Sex in the Blogosphere in Brazil and England.