Category Archives: Internet

Social Opposition in the Age of Internet: Desktop Intellectuals and Public Intellectuals

The relation of information technology (IT) and more specifically the internet, to politics is a central issue facing contemporary social movements. Like many previous scientific advances the IT innovations have a dual purpose: on the one hand, it has accelerated … Continue reading

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Children and the Internet is an Ethical minefield

When children are asked about their Internet use, their responses differ to those of their parents. This is one of many ethical dilemmas for those conducting research with children. The children’s answers often challenge adults’ view of children. Researchers have … Continue reading

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Solving Problems With Collective Intelligence – Towards an Internet of Thinkers?

How can technology that we are able to build with today’s tools help us to solve the big problems of individuals, organizations, and the world at large? More specifically: How can we use the internet in the best way to … Continue reading

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The Self-Organization of Cyberprotest

The specific task of this paper is to describe cyberprotest as a self-organizing system. Cyberprotest is a global structural coupling and mutual production of self-organization processes of the Internet and self-organization processes of the protest system of society. In cyberprotest … Continue reading

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The Internet as a Self-Organizing Socio-Technological System

The Internet is a global socio-technological system that is based on a technological structure consisting of networked computer networks that works with the help of the TCP/IP protocol and stores objectified human knowledge, human actors permanently re-create this global knowledge … Continue reading

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Scaling Laws of Human Interaction Activity

Even though people in our contemporary technological society are depending on communication, our understanding of the underlying laws of human communicational behavior continues to be poorly understood. Here we investigate the communication patterns in 2 social Internet communities in search … Continue reading

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Internet Use and Social Capital – The Strength of Virtual Ties

This paper aims to understand how Internet users may improve their social capital by investing in online social activities. We argue that the Internet can be a convenient and efficient means of maintaining existing social ties and/or of creating new … Continue reading

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Affective Mechanisms linking Internet use to Learning Performance

Although previous studies have concluded that Internet use can help students in learning and research, a number of empirical investigations have confirmed that Internet addiction or excessive Internet use has negative effect on students. Thus, if the Internet does not … Continue reading

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The Global Brain – past, present and future context of Research

The text provided a first exposition of the conceptual framework developed in ECCO as a foundation for an eventual global brain theory. It sees the global brain as a nervous system for the planetary organism, which functions to direct and … Continue reading

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Global Learning through the lens of Vygotskian Sociocultural Theory

Vygotsky saw mental and cultural development as ‘mediated’ by artefacts, including tools and signs. He used his ‘genetic method’ to investigate higher cognitive processes in historical context. These insights are foundational to sociocultural theory, which is widely used in education … Continue reading

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