The Future Internet

Alternative Visions

  • Jenifer Winter
  • Ryota Ono

Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 17)

About this book


The internet’s global expansion has been the subject of much academic research and policy discourse in recent years. Due to the sociotechnical complexity of the Internet, policymakers, businesspeople, and academics worldwide have struggled to keep abreast of developments. Readers seeking to gain a handle on the field will find this book rich in scholarly foundations combined with cutting-edge discussion of emerging ICTs and services and the complex societal contexts in which they are embedded.

To explore possibilities to the fullest extent, a sociotechnical systems approach is employed, focusing on the interplay of technical, social, cultural, political, and economic dynamics to explore alternative futures (ones that are not part of the dominant discourse about the internet). The shared perspectives are not well addressed elsewhere in current discussions. Awareness of these dynamics, and the fluidity of the future, is important, as humankind moves forward into the uncertain future. This approach is intended to stimulate dialogue between academics and practitioners on a topic that will affect most aspects of human life in the near-term future.


Ambient Intelligence Emergent Technology Future Studies Information Science Information and Communication Technologies Internet Regulation and Policy Internet and Society Sociotechnical Dynamics Technology Management Ubiquitous Computing

Editors and affiliations

  • Jenifer Winter
    • 1
  • Ryota Ono
    • 2
  1. 1.School of CommunicationsUniversity of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of CommunicationsHONOLULUUSA
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationAichi University Department of Business AdministrationNagoya CityJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22993-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22994-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2512-1812
  • Series Online ISSN 2512-1839
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