Communication and Information Technology

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Center for Global
Communications (GLOCOM)
"The Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) was established in Spring of 1991 as a social science institute specializing in the study of information societies and Japanese societies. From the beginning, the center has aimed to collect and disseminate information using multi-media through computer networks. Produced by the International University of Japan. 
Center for Research on
Information Technology
and Organizations
"The Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) is a research organization concerned with information technology (IT) as it generates major transformations in organizations, society and the world. CRITO focuses on interdisciplinary research involving faculty from the Graduate School of Management,  Department of  Information and Computer Science, Department of  Education, and School of Social Sciences."
Center for Social Informatics This center is dedicated to support research into information technology and social change. Social Informatics (SI) refers to the body of research and study that examines social aspects of computerization -- including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change, the uses of information technologies in social contexts, and the ways that the social organization of information technologies is influenced by social forces and social practices. The center is located at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science.
Communication Networks
and the Rise of an Information
Elite -- Do Computers Help
the Rich Get Richer?
Circumstances exist under which a telecommunications policy of universal access leads to an increase in the gap between the information "haves" and the "have-nots." A national information infrastructure which provides only channels and not incentives for information sharing might therefore lead to results which are reversed from those originally intended. This argument and several related propositions are explored through a formal theoretical model built on four simple assumptions: one cannot converse with everyone at the same time, information is not lost when shared, private information resources differ in quality, and agents can improve the quality of their information based on the quality of the resources to which they gain access. The model rigorously explains how inter-agent infrastructure can be used to help the "rich get richer" and also why "it's not just what you know but whom you know." This theoretical framework serves to explain several stylized events and offers several useful levers for exploring policy options.
Electropolis: Communication and Community on Internet Relay Chat A must read for any student of virtual communities.
Image and Action:
Deconstructing the News
This is a book-in-progress about the way the representations and communications of the news media are forms of action and interaction. It is focussed on the way images are manipulated in the media in an effort to gain and exert power.
International Journal of Media and Communication Studies (IJMCS) A new on-line journal which will address broad themes in media and communication studies.
Mass Media and
Communication Studies
"Most of what we "know" is actually second-hand knowledge, information and insight that we obtain from others. Further, how we come to know anything is grasped in terms of symbols, and the meaning content of symbols is determined by the form in which they are socially shared. Because of technological innovations, such as the inventions of television and computers, these symbolic forms are being fundamentally altered."
Media Literacy On-Line Project This is a comprehensive electronic data base related to media communication and its influence on children and youth. It includes an exhaustive list of pages for adults and kids. You can also study the effects of electronic media on a developing brain and on our body image. The site has been developed at the University of Oregon, mainly for educators and sociology majors.
Netizen's Netbook Collection of articles on Information technology and the Internet from a sociological point of view.
Satellite Communications in
the Global Information
Infrastructure
The author believes that satellite communications and the global information infrastructure is more important to the future of this country in terms of world leadership, job creation, and export revenues than the national information infrastructure.
Shaping Our Communities: The Impacts of Information Technology This is a guide designed to get you thinking about the impacts that telecommunications and information technology will have on our communities. Its primary goals are: (1) to provide basic information on telecommunications; (2) to offer a variety of viewpoints about the likely impacts of information technology on cities and towns; and (3) to provide access to relevant on-line source documents.
Social Informatics Research on the social aspects of computerization, including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change and the ways that the social organization of information technology are influenced by social forces and social practices. Includes social impacts of computing, social analysis of computing, information policy, computers and society, organizational Informatics, and interpretive Informatics.
Transparency This is a project designed to formulate  a general theory of social interaction and communication.