The diffusion of the internet to israel: The first 10 years

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This article portrays the first decade of Internet connectivity in Israel. It focuses on the technology of the Internet, i.e. on the cables and wires that carry the Internet around the world, and on the bureaucratic processes that are called into play as the Internet reaches a new country. While the Internet appears to be a supranational technology, its institutionalization in Israel - and indeed throughout the world - can be seen to have been heavily dependent on state-level machinations, thereby inviting a somewhat more Westphalian approach than might be considered appropriate when dealing with such a global phenomenon as the Internet.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)327-340
Number of pages14
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I would like to thank the Shaine Center for Research in the Social Sciences, the Eshkol Institute, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Internet Association for their generous financial support for this project. I am grateful to Eva Illouz, Michael Shalev, Michal Frenkel, and Shuki Mairovich for their helpful and insightful comments. I am also grateful to the anonymous reviewers for their useful comments.


  • Diffusion
  • Globalization
  • Internet
  • Israel
  • Science and technology studies


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