The potential of the internet in China, Europe and the United States

Digital networks are among the most flexible and universally applicable technologies ever invented by humans. But the many significant variations in the social uses of the internet around the world remain poorly understood. The PIN project compares the current state and future potential of the internet in three centers of the global economy and world politics – China, Europe, and the United States – focusing on the interplay of civil society with the other two key sectors of modern societies: market and state. The internet represents the global communication infrastructure of the twenty-first century – a resource for the peoples of the world to monitor and address established political and economic powers.