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New Media Technologies and User Empowerment

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Edited By Jo Pierson, Enid Mante-Meijer and Eugène Loos

Recent developments in new media have led to the rise of what has become known as ‘social media’. The shift towards mass self-communication has lowered the technological thresholds for everyday users to connect and to become ‘produsers’ in media life. However, the question is to what extent users interacting in this ecosystem are empowered – and not disempowered – to express their creativity and concerns and to obtain a prominent role in new media design and innovation.

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309 Editors and contributors Editors Eugène Loos (e.f.loos@uva.nl) holds a PhD in international business communication from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is currently a professor of Old and New Media in an Ageing Society in the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam and senior lecturer at the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University. He is also a member of the research schools ASCoR (Amsterdam School of Communication Research) and the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). As a linguist, he has conducted research and written several books and articles in the field of organisational (intercultural) organization. Currently his research focuses on the role of digital media related to accessible information for older people. His international books include The Social Dynamics of Information and Communication Technology (Ashgate 2008, co-edited by Haddon and Mante- Meijer) and Innovating for and by users (Office for Official Publications of the European Communities 2008, co-edited by Pierson, Mante-Meijer and Sapio). In 2010, he published his inaugural lecture De oudere: een digitale immigrant in eigen land? Een terreinverkenning naar toegankelijke informatievoorziening (Boom/Lemma 2010), which questions the gap between “digital immigrants” and “digital natives” (http://www.uu.nl/faculty/leg/EN/organisation/schools/ schoolofgovernanceusg/research/publicmanagement/Pages/ELoos.aspx). Enid Mante-Meijer (enid@mante.nl) is currently an emeritus professor in the Utrecht School of Governance at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. As an (organisational) sociologist, she taught methods and techniques of social research at Leiden University, and was, up till March 2002, senior researcher at the Dutch Telecom research department, KPN Research. She was also part...

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