The Contemporary Internet

National and Cross-National European Studies

by Leslie Haddon (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 212 Pages


The contemporary internet focuses on user experiences of more recent developments on the internet, specifically with the spread of broadband, the audio-visual applications it has enabled, Web2.0 uptake more generally and the growth of eGovernment. The Contemporary Internet is comparative in two senses. The first is at the cross-national level, examining factors affecting different countries’ experiences of the internet, with a particular, but not a sole, interest in what may be termed ‘cultural influences on perceptions, adoption and use’. Second, the book is comparative within countries, examining the, sometimes very, uneven experiences of the internet’s possibilities. One question that pervades several chapters is how the digital divide is evolving in the light of the more contemporary developments outlined above.


ISBN (Book)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 210 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Leslie Haddon (Volume editor)

Leslie Haddon is a senior researcher in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. His work focuses on the social shaping and consumption of Information and Communication Technologies. He is joint series editor of a forthcoming set of textbooks on new media.


Title: The Contemporary Internet