Item Image
Title The next billion users : digital life beyond the West / Payal Arora.
Author Arora, Payal, author.
Publication Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2019.
Copyright date ©2019
Description 269 pages ; 22 cm
Call # 302.231 A
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The leisure divide -- Natives at play -- Media bandits -- Virtuous poor -- Slumdog inspiration -- Poverty laboratory -- Privacy, paucity, and profit -- Forbidden love.
Summary New-media pundits obsess over online privacy and security, cyberbullying, and revenge porn, but do these things really matter in most of the world? The Next Billion Users reveals that many assumptions about internet use in developing countries are wrong. After immersing herself in factory towns, slums, townships, and favelas, Payal Arora assesses real patterns of internet usage in India, China, South Africa, Brazil, and the Middle East. She finds Himalayan teens growing closer by sharing a single computer with common passwords and profiles. In China's gaming factories, the line between work and leisure disappears. In Riyadh, a group of young women organize a YouTube fashion show. Why do citizens of states with strict surveillance policies appear to care so little about their digital privacy? Why do Brazilians eschew geo-tagging on social media? What drives young Indians to friend "foreign" strangers on Facebook and give "missed calls" to people? The Next Billion Users answers these questions and many more. Through extensive fieldwork, Arora demonstrates that the global poor are far from virtuous utilitarians who mainly go online to study, find jobs, and obtain health information. She reveals habits of use bound to intrigue everyone from casual internet users to developers of global digital platforms to organizations seeking to reach the next billion internet users.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Internet users -- Developing countries.
Internet and the poor -- Developing countries.
Internet -- Social aspects -- Developing countries.
Computer security -- Developing countries.
Computer security. (OCoLC)fst00872484
Internet and the poor. (OCoLC)fst01738859
Internet -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01766793
Internet users. (OCoLC)fst00977300
Developing countries. (OCoLC)fst01242969
ISBN 9780674983786 hardcover ; alkaline paper
0674983785 hardcover ; alkaline paper
Standard # 40028847197

Location CALL # Status Message
 Central 2nd Fl - SST Non-Fiction  302.231 A    CHECK SHELVES