Wonderful to see a strong conference being organized in Bangkok, Thailand, that is focused on Internet Studies. See: http://www.internet-studies.org/ As the center of gravity of Internet use has shifted to Asia, and the rapidly developing nations of the global South, it is good to see research developing in parallel that is multidisciplinary and linked with research around the world. It is being organized by the Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research and sponsored by National Taipei University, National Taiwan University, Chinese Culture University, and Tamkang University. The organizers write that this ‘… conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange research results and share development experiences on internet study.’ From the perspective of the Oxford Internet Institute, it is of course wonderful to see the continuing diffusion of Internet Studies.
William H. Dutton (B.A. University of Missouri; M.A., PhD. SUNYBuffalo, 1974) is Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College.