For my daughters, Lily and Isabelle, who are a source of inspiration in all that I do; for my wife, Dori, whose continued patience and support were essential to this project; to Dr. Mark D. Hawthorne, and to the memory of Dr. Victoria Mikelonis—the individuals who introduced me to the concept of computing in global contexts.
First, I would like to give all honor and glory to the Lord. And I am deeply grateful to my wife, Adeline, who allows me to spend the necessary time on my research; her undying love is essential in all that I do and accomplish. My mother, Alice, and my brothers, Dan and Sunday, I thank for their prayers, love, and support. My thanks go also to Gus Friedrich, my mentor and adviser, for believing in me. I am grateful to all who have found my work useful in the areas of globalization, technology, and culture; I am humbled. Finally, I dedicate this work to the memory of my father, who helped instill in me the need to keep reaching for the stars.
— Bolanle A. Olaniran