Communication, Information and Sustainability: A Geographical Perspective on Regional Communication Policies

Communication, Information and Sustainability: A Geographical Perspective on Regional Communication Policies

Marco Tortora (Political Science School, University of Florence, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-822-2.ch013
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Abstract

This chapter, recognizing that the main communication concepts are deeply geographical in their inner nature, has the intent of introducing an analysis of the connection there should be between geography, communication, organization and sustainability. The author will use the geography of information as the main framework to detect these links and to present the analysis of a regional communication infrastructure to understand how the Internet can be pivotal to communication and local development strategies. The analysis will present regional communication policies, projects and practices to understand if these are positive or negative forces for a regional sustainable development.
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A Geographical Framework Of Analysis

The main idea of this chapter is to present and use the geography of information as the main framework to link together and read in a different perspective the three main concepts of the book: sustainable development (sustainability), communication (organization) and flows (mobility of people, information, etc.).

In fact, the topic is strictly connected to the objectives of geography of information, which is related to the analysis of relationships between receivers and senders, flows, infrastructures, technology and networks (Bakis & Vidal 2007; Graham & Marvin, 1996; Kellerman, 1993, 2000, 2002; Kellerman & Paradiso, 2007; Paradiso, 2003a, 2003b; Paradiso & Wilson, 2006; Zook, 2000a, 200b, 2001). Since communication is today more than ever central to the social, economic and political developments of a community at different scales (local, regional, national, meso, international and global), geography should be of interest for other disciplines to read similar events from a different point of view.

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