Digital Cluster Report 2015-6 Digital Networks and Communication

Digital Networks and Communication

The cluster focuses on the digital - both as an object of inquiry and a field of study.  It explores the differences the digital might make to our research methods, and to our broader understandings of social, political and psychological life.  One key area of inquiry focuses on big data, but also on online behaviour and group dynamics, including information-foraging and decision-making processes, as well as the social and political life of algorithms online.

Another important concern is with the digital society and its identities and inequalities, as well as how vulnerable minorities make use of ICTs. We also explore new developments in the converged and rapidly-transforming worlds of digital production and economy.

A further emphasis is on digital activism, especially in authoritarian and newly democratic countries, and on the use of digital media in different social- and single-issue movements and advocacy groups. Overall we aim at studying the relationships between societal transformations and digital media networks in terms of substantive effects after their novelty and hype have passed. Digital Cluster Report 2015-16

Our key questions:

  • What are the structural constraints and enablers for the individuals and groups to be active in digital networks?
  • How do social inclusion inequalities, class, gender, race, and disability manifest in digital networks?
  • How does the digital environment affect individuals and societal groups behaviour in the way they take decisions and seek information?
  • How do political, cultural and economic conflicts reproduce or extend in digital networks?
  • What are the roles and implications of governments, corporations and civil society organization and production for digital communication?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities new media bring for older industries?
  • Which research methods can forward the study of digital media?
  • How does digital research influence media and communication study, as well as research outside the field?

Groups, topics and interests

  • Digital Media Research


Contributing Researchers: Daniel Allington, Jess Bain, Alison Harvey, Athina Karatzogianni, Kaitlynn Mendes, Galina Miazhevich, Jonathan Ong, Rosalyn Redd, Panayiota Tsatsou, Giuseppe Veltri, Yimei Zhu.

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