Like the invention of the printing press, the Internet is radically transforming the most basic elements of modern civilization. The growing presence of digital technologies and the dramatic impact of networked collaboration constitute a new mode of information production that is reshaping many societies around the world. Underlying this socioeconomic restructuring is the critical importance of digital networks as platforms for creativity and innovation. This edited collection examines the current ways that mass collaboration intersects with sociocultural, technosocial and political changes in varied contexts, and questions their impact on established institutions and modes of production. New tools inevitably engender changes in the way people interact, communicate and collaborate; however, it is increasingly clear that information and communication technologies are now leveraging a democratic shift in a wide array of technological, political and social spaces. The dramatic success of mass collaboration in a multitude of contexts poses a challenge, not only to the dominant economic paradigm, but also to a broad range of received social science thinking. This collection interrogates established theories and concepts in the light of recent developments and builds upon emergent research and original empirical findings.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XIV, 264 pp., num. ill. and tables
Contents: Ralph Schroeder: Foreword – Daniel Araya: Introduction: Collective Intelligence – Anitza Geneve/Carla Ganito: Women
and Technology: «Five Acts of Digital Agency» – Eric Cook/Cristina Garduño Freeman: Snap, Post, Share: Understanding the Online
Social Life of Personal Photography – Thomas Petzold/Hanteng Liao: Geo-linguistic Analysis of the World Wide Web: The Use
of Cartograms and Network Analysis to Understand Linguistic Development in Wikipedia – Lucy Morieson/Nikki Usher: Mapping
the Future of News in a Digital World: US and Australian Perspectives – Andrés Monroy-Hernándes/Michael Dezuanni/Kai Kuikkaniemi:
Media Literacy in the Facebook Age: Designing Online and Face to Face Learning Environments – Luca Camerini/Yujung Nam: eHealth:
Bridging the Divide between Current Performance and Legitimate Expectations in Health Care Delivery – Julian Hopkins/Neal
Thomas: Fielding Networked Marketing: Technology and Authenticity in the Monetization of Malaysian Blogs – Kerk Kee/Lucy Cradduck/Bridget
Blodgett/Rami Olwan: Cyberinfrastructure Inside Out: Definition and Influences Shaping Ist Emergence, Development, and Implementation
in the Early 21st Century – Yana Breindl/Nils Gustafsson: Leetocracy: Networked Political Activism or the Continuation of
Elitism in Competitive Democracy – Tessa J. Houghton: The People’s Republic of Hacktivism: A Public Sphere Theoretical Interpretation
of Online Independence Movements and the People’s Republic of China – Yao-Chung Chang: Cybercrime: A New Challenge for Legislation
and International Negotiation – Daniel Araya/Jin Shang/Jingfang Liu: ICTs and the Green Economy: US and Chinese Policy in
the 21st Century – Jean Burgess/Marcus Foth: Afterword.