Kenya provides a great individual case study of the African blogosphere, as there has been a lot happening there in terms of developing Internet access and localized Kenyan content in 2007. Despite halting progress, The Kenyan government is working on securing more widespread Internet access through an undersea fiberoptic cable, and...

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 1:05am
Category: 2007 Global Plaza

South Africa seems to have a ton of social networking services – see Uno de Waal’s blog post listing some of them. Yet aside from South Africa, I only know of one other African-born social network,, and even this network is not actually hosted in Kenya....

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:53am
Category: 2007 Global Plaza

Did you know that Americans do not have the largest social networking communities in the world? According to market research by Ipsos, America comes in fifth place in terms of number of people connected to a social network – South Korea comes in first. According to Ipsos,

Leading all other markets in its love...

Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 11:55pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza

There’s been an ongoing discussion about whether social networking is a passing fad or a form of connection that is here to stay – and if it is here to stay, how pervasive or inconsequential it will be, and what it will look like as social networking applications continue to develop and reinvent themselves.

The single most significant expression I’ve seen of this outstanding question...

Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 10:49pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza

I am not asking for a comprehensive definition. I have yet to come across any definition that does anything more than offer an understanding of social networking in the broadest possible terms. On August 6 of this year for example, the Wikipedia defined social networking as a service that “focuses on the building and verifying of...

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2007 - 9:46pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:24am
Category: Uncategorized

The Special Interest Group for International Information Issues (SIG-III, part of the American Society for Information Science and Technology) maintains this blog as a means for communicating with members, colleagues, and others interested in international information issues -- in other words the global flow of...

Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 9:54pm
Category: Uncategorized

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...

Posted: Friday, February 16, 2007 - 9:52pm
Category: 2007 Global Plaza

What is trust?

  • Freedom of information
  • Information should be free flowing in the world
  • In developing countries, people trust the people that they know. Not used to searching for information in formal information sources. Tend to ask people that we know, even with the knowledge that they may not be the expert or an authority.
    response: as a librarian,...
Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 2:58pm
Category: 2006 Global Plaza

ASIST 2006
General Discussion

  • Educate and give information about security and privacy problems to patrons;
  • Learn more about trust ourselves;
  • try to understand patrons perspective, cultural and otherwise;
  • People need to be wary of sources -- check facts, even of sources you think are trusted;
  • In creating information systems, ensure...
Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 2:53pm
Category: 2006 Global Plaza