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Technological and Digital Risk: Research Issues

Edited By Gevisa La Rocca and Juan Martínez Torvisco

What are the borders of risk? How is the perception of risk related to new technologies and digital changing? This book discusses these topics, moving from theories to research data, looking for concrete answers now, or taking a picture of reality. The volume is divided into three main sections: Exploring the Edges of Risk, according to sociological, psychological and artificial intelligence perspective; Technological and Digital Risks, exploring social media, cyberbullying, hate speech, social bots on digital platforms; Risk in the Cities, working with risk and deviance, risk communication, environmental and nuclear risks. Inside, research data from Europe, USA and Mexico are discussed.

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Chapter Three Online Networking and Risks, Inside and Outside Organisations (Tiziana Ramaci / Monica Pellerone)


Tiziana Ramaci and Monica Pellerone

How do we connect different contexts? Partial to global or vice versa? Independent and dependent? Logical to the illogical? Knowledge to the knowledgeable? According to Morin (2003, 72), “One of the biggest challenges posed by complexity consists precisely of being able to conceive the complexus – that which is woven together -, in organisations and among organisations”.

The problem in itself is not the abundance of information circulating in the system, but rather how that information is organised around other ways of thinking. That is precisely what organisational complexity requires of us today. In the network of global interdependence (Bauman 2008, 143), “the strong relationship between man and the computerised information highway in the management of knowledge beyond the hyperbole of futurologists, beyond cyberspace metaphors and the strenuous defenders of pre-technological naturalness is becoming concrete”. The interaction between man and cognitive machine, which began as a simple data processor, has become something else: a tool of support for the realisation of the user’s activities and for changing the lines of his or her cognitive and social boundaries (Boyle et al. 2011, Botella 2012). Words like networking, e-learning and web marketing are now part of everyday language (Morris 2005, Galimberti 2008). Such terminology is part of an e-everything process (Ricci 2005) that urges everyone to participate, making no exceptions. The advent of the Internet has changed the rules completely with the conjunction of interactive exchanges through platforms and digital learning environments (Wenger 2009)...

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