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QUESTIONING THE OBVIOUS? ETHICAL AND CULTURAL DIMENSIONS OF CMC AND ICTS (CHARLES ESS, DRURY UNIV.) [Note: Portions of this text will appear in my article, “Can the Local Reshape the Global? Ethical Imperatives for Humane Intercultural Communication Online,” in J. Frühbauer, R. Capurro and T. Hausmanninger (Eds.), Localizing the Internet. Ethical Aspects in an Intercultural Perspective.] As late as 1998, U.S. citizens constituted the significant majority of Internet users (84%: GVU 1998). Given this demographic dominance, it is not surprising that U.S.-specific visions also dominated both popular discourse and English-language scholarship regarding computer-mediated communication (CMC). Such dominance, of course, goes hand-in-hand with ethnocentrism – and so it is perhaps not surprising that the rapid diffusion of CMC technologies among diverse cultures and settings issued in a range of conflicts, from the minor to the catastrophic, that collectively began to demonstrate two central po...