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Policy Papers / Publications

Liberation Technology

Here’s a paper from last year where I introduce the notion of liberation technology, defined as software and hardware that a) encourages ingenuity among users but b) does not create dependency relationships with designers, IP holders, firms, or countries. This paper was presented at the PCMLP Oxford “ICT Standards Conference” Conference […]

Digitizing the Social Contract:  Producing American Political Culture in the Age of New Media
Academic Articles / Presentations

Digitizing the Social Contract: Producing American Political Culture in the Age of New Media

Campaigns are complex exercises in the creation, transmission, and mutation of significant political symbols. However, there are important differences between political communication through new media and political communication through traditional media. I argue that the most interesting change in patterns of political communication is in the way political culture is produced, not in […]

Network Ethnography and the Hypermedia Organization:  New Media, New Organizations, New Methods
Academic Articles / Publications

Network Ethnography and the Hypermedia Organization: New Media, New Organizations, New Methods

Social scientists are increasingly interested in innovative organizational forms made possible with new media, known as epistemic communities, knowledge networks, or communities of practice, depending on the discipline. Some organizational forms can be difficult to study qualitatively because human, social, cultural, or symbolic capital is transmitted over significant distances with […]