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An interdisciplinary field, technology and culture, or social informatics, is part of a larger body of socio-economic, socio-psychological, and cultural research that examines the ways in which technology and groups within society are shaped by social forces within organizations, politics, economics, and culture. Given the popularity and increased usage of technology, it is imperative that educators, trainers, consultants, administrators, researchers, and professors monitor the current trends and issues relating to social side of technology in order to meet the needs and challenges of tomorrow.

Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues provides educators, trainers, consultants, administrators, researchers, and professors with a fundamental research source for definitions, antecedents, and consequences of social informatics and the cultural aspect of technology. This groundbreaking research work also addresses the major cultural/societal issues in social informatics technology and society such as the Digital Divide, the government and technology law, information security and privacy, cyber ethics, technology ethics, and the future of social informatics and technology, as well as concepts from technology in developing countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599047744
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Series: Premier Reference Source Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I Implications of Social Information Technology

Ch. I Historical Perspectives on Analog and Digital Equity: A Critical Race Theory Approach Patricia Randolph Leigh Leigh, Patricia Randolph 1

Ch. II Exploring Gender Differences in Computer-Related Behaviour: Past, Present, and Future Robin Kay Kay, Robin 12

Ch. III The Reversal of Technology Julia Nevarez Nevarez, Julia 31

Sect. II Geo-Political Practices

Ch. IV A Comparative Analysis of Online Peace Movement Organizations Noriko Hara Hara, Noriko Pnina Shachaf Shachaf, Pnina 52

Ch. V Planning for the Worst, Bringing Out the Best? Lessons from Y2K Kevin Quigley Quigley, Kevin 68

Ch. VI The Impact of the USA Patriot Act on Social Diversity in Cyberspace Marc Jung-Wham de Jong de Jong, Marc Jung-Wham 86

Ch. VII Exploring Serres' Atlas, Hodges' Knowledge Domains and the Fusion of Informatics and Cultural Horizons Peter Jones Jones, Peter 96

Ch. VIII The Social Glue in Open Source: Incomplete Contracts and Informal Credits Matthias Barwolff Barwolff, Matthias 110

Ch. IX Musique Concretization: Music, Technology and Critical Constructivism Jean Hebert Hebert, Jean 125

Ch. X The Social Side of Security Richard G. Taylor Taylor, Richard G. 140

Ch. XI The Cultural Factors in Electronic Monitoring Jeng-Chung Victor Chen Chen, Jeng-Chung Victor J. Michael Tarn Tarn, J. Michael 151

Sect. III International Social Information Technology Practices

Ch. XII Measuring IS Success in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Samoa Filifotu Vaai Vaai, Filifotu Val Hooper Hooper, Val 164

Ch. XIII Technology and Culture: Indian Experiences Ramesh C. Sharma Sharma, Ramesh C. Sanjaya Mishra Mishra, Sanjaya181

Ch. XIV ICT-Enabled Communication in the New Zealand Family Court: A Multistakeholder Study Kay Fielden Fielden, Kay 190

Ch. XV Technology Access Points in Turkey: A Case Study on Internet Cafes and Their Roles in Society Yavuz Inal Inal, Yavuz Zehra Akyol Akyol, Zehra Orhan Erden Erden, Orhan 204

Sect. IV Online Social Information Technology Applications

Ch. XVI Web Information Retrieval: Towards Social Information Search Assistants Guillaume Cabanac Cabanac, Guillaume Max Chevalier Chevalier, Max Claude Chrisment Chrisment, Claude Christine Julien Julien, Christine Chantal Soule-Dupuy Soule-Dupuy, Chantal Pascaline Laure Tchienehom Tchienehom, Pascaline Laure 218

Ch. XVII Twin Wiki Wonders? Wikipedia and Wikibooks as Powerful Tools for Online Collaborative Writing Meng-Fen Grace Lin Lin, Meng-Fen Grace Curtis J. Bonk Bonk, Curtis J. Suthiporn Sajjapanroj Sajjapanroj, Suthiporn 253

Sect. V Implications of Social Information Technology in Education

Ch. XVIII Cultural Variables and Instructional Engineering Christine Simard Simard, Christine Josianne Basque Basque, Josianne 274

Ch. XIX Technology and Continuing Professional Education: The Reality Beyond the Hype Maggie McPherson McPherson, Maggie Miguel Baptista Nunes Nunes, Miguel Baptista John Sandars Sandars, John Christine Kell Kell, Christine 296

Ch. XX Investigating and Encouraging Student Nurses' ICT Engagement Michael R. Johnson Johnson, Michael R. 313

Ch. XXI Social Implications of Three Different Models of Distributed Learning Robin Mason Mason, Robin Frank Rennie Rennie, Frank 336

Ch. XXII Sociotechnical System Design for Learning: Bridging the Digital Divide with CompILE Benjamin E. Erlandson Erlandson, Benjamin E. 348

Ch. XXIII Structural Coupling as Foundation for Instructional Design Jeanette Bopry Bopry, Jeanette Donald J. Cunningham Cunningham, Donald J. 363

Ch. XXIV Instructional Design: Sex Driven? Maja Pivec Pivec, Maja Mary Panko Panko, Mary 380

Compilation of References 393

About the Contributors 458

Index 467

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