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Information Society Series

The Information Society Series publishes original scholarship addressing the social, legal, and political implications of the Internet and new information and communication technologies. The series features empirical and scholarly research from the growing global ranks of interdisciplinary scholars in fields of inquiry such as information studies; communication and media studies; science, technology, and society; and law, technology, and culture.

Publications address contemporary issues and controversies in global information and communication technologies and uncovers the values and interests at stake in the design, implementation, and usage of these technologies. Series publications are grounded in scholarly and empirical inquiry and have a strong normative overlay, seeking to advance new ideas and solutions to global problems in technology and society. Series authors address challenging topics at the intersection of information technology and culture such as privacy, freedom of expression, reputation, knowledge production, accessibility, Internet governance, equality, and identity.

Public Conversations and Participatory Media

How memetic media—aggregate texts that are collectively created, circulated, and transformed—become a part of public conversations that shape broader cultural debates.

Personal Property in the Digital Economy

An argument for retaining the notion of personal property in the products we “buy” in the digital marketplace.

Copyright Law and Subjectivity

An examination of subjectivity in copyright law, analyzing authors, users, and pirates through a relational framework.

Cyberbullying Policies of Social Media Companies

A critical examination of efforts by social media companies—including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram—to rein in cyberbullying by young users.

How countercultural communities have made the Internet meet their needs, subverting established norms of digital technology use.

Inclusion, Development, and a More Mobile Internet

An expert considers the effects of a more mobile Internet on socioeconomic development and digital inclusion, examining both potentialities and constraints.

How Online Opinions Are Reshaping the Offline World
Edited by Hassan Masum and Mark Tovey

Experts discuss the benefits and risks of online reputation systems.

The New Information Policy Contests

An examination of the Pirate political movement in Europe analyzes its advocacy for free expression and the preservation of the Internet as a commons.

ICTs, Development, and the Capabilities Approach

A new framework for assessing the role of information and communication technologies in development that draws on Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach.

The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright

The evolution of activism against the expansion of copyright in the digital domain, with case studies of resistance including eBook and iTunes hacks.

The Global Politics of Interoperability
Edited by Laura DeNardis

The economic and political stakes in the current heated debates over “openness” and open standards in the Internet’s architecture.

The debate over the use of copyright law to prevent competition and interoperability in the global software industry.