MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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13. Computers and Globalization

Mon Oct 25, 2004

Background on globalization; the question of what a corporation is in the modern world; corporate sovereignty; intellectual property, especially copyright; and the use of global software by multinational corporations.

I. Globalization

II. Multinational Capital

III. Economic Globalization

IV. Transnational Telecommunications

Study Questions

  1. What might democratic oversight of the means of software production look like? What arguments for and against this principle can you think of?
  2. How might the world look if "the new" was not automatically assumed to be private property?
  3. How might the world look if corporations were not granted the status of "moral persons"?
  4. What might globalization look like today if we did not have a global telecommunications infrastructure?

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