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TRACK: INTERNET AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

Minitrack: Social Networking and Communities
This minitrack focus is primarily on social media and their interrelations with communities (online and offline) in the context of work, personal life, and education. We would like to attract papers that address issues of social networking and online communities of practice, inquiry and interest; political, social, and gaming communities. Community building and community management can be key success factors in the digital economy and society, encompassing work, education, social life, and play. We call for papers that address communities and social networks at work, school, home, and play. Examples of the possible interdisciplinary topics of interest in these contexts include, but are not limited to the following: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Social, political and/or economic impact on social media Communities as sociological phenomenon in the digital economy Community development and community informatics Design, development and user studies of social media Online communities of practice Business models of Second Life E-learning: structures, implementations, and practices Organizational behavior of communities Social network studies and analysis on online communities Peer-to-Peer or mobile services for Virtual Communities Case studies and topologies of Online Communities Theoretical models of virtual worlds Advertising in social networks Preventing predatory behavior Behaviors in online gaming communities Conflicts between real and virtual worlds Diffusion and adoption of social networks Methodologies and development techniques Critical perspectives on social media and local and/or virtual community Disruptive strategies of virtual worlds Online addiction and anti-social behavior Legal and ethical issues of virtual worlds Privacy and security issues

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computer science. she deals with three areas of study that are intertwined: (1) information flows and network gatekeeping. In 2009-10. affiliated faculty at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement and former director of the Center for Information & Society in University of Washington. More specifically. Barber Learning Centre Suite 470. and the transformative effects of the Internet and web 2.1961 East Mall Vancouver.edu Caroline Haythornthwaite is Director and Professor. (2) digital divide/s and inequalities. Archival and Information Studies. University of London and in summer 2009 was a visiting researcher at the Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology (IBICT). Director of the Virality of Information (retroV) research group. University of British Columbia. management of information systems.ubc. and (3) cultured technology.9. Rio de Janeiro. Brazil. Archival & Information Studies University of British Columbia Irving K. She joined UBC in 2010 after 14 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Karine Nahon is associate professor at the Information School. BC V6T 1Z1 Tel: (604) 827-4790 Fax: (604) 822-6006 Email: haythorn@interchange. where she was Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her studies have examined social networks of work and media use. School of Library. the nature and constraints of interdisciplinary collaboration. 2. faculty adjunct at the department of communication. She has an international reputation in research on information and knowledge sharing through social networks. This area mainly derives from my academic training in multiple disciplines and fields: political science. Her research area is information politics and policy.12 Page 2 of 2 . Box 352840 Seattle. the development and nature of community online. learning and social interaction. and the impact of computer media and the Internet on work.0 technologies on learning and collaborative practices.ca Karine Nahon The Information School University of Washington Mary Gates Hall. distributed knowledge processes.Minitrack Leaders Caroline Haythornthwaite (primary contact) School of Library. Room 330W. sociology and information science. she was Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education. WA 98195-2840 Tel: (206) 685-6668 Email: karineb@uw.