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Title:Informating in a Demi-global World
Author(s):Hakken, David
Subject(s):Computing strategy
organizational informatics
social informatics
Abstract:What is the best strategy to pursue when introducing computing, to “informate” by creating and sharing as much information as possible, or to “represent” the social processes in question so they can be manipulated and more completely controlled? In what way does the greatly increased scale of many current social processes, referred to as “globalization,” affect the question of basic computing strategy? This paper argues that increasing scale makes the informating strategy even more relevant. This is done by 1) presenting the case for a particular way of characterizing contemporary social formation reproduction, as demi-global; 2), illustrating the value of this characterization through analysis of the current world economic crisis; 3), making the specific case that “informating” is crucial to coping with and resolving this crisis; 4), acknowledging some difficulties that informating typically encounters in the demi-global work; and 5) illustrating why informating should nonetheless demonstrate its superiority.
Issue Date:2009-02-08
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-03-18

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