The Study of the Internet: New Methods for New Technologies
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What is the range of tools, disciplines, and research approaches that we can bring to bear on the study of the Internet and the study of the impact of new technologies on social, political, economic, legal, and other processes in both the online and offline spaces? This session will explore methods of studying the Internet’s societal implications, including empirical analysis, legal frameworks, policy perspectives, sociological surveys, and other methodologies. It will also surface and explore some of the challenges faced by researchers working with big data sets, with a particular focus on issues related to privacy, data security, and other considerations.
- John Palfrey, Graduate Seminars in General Education 211 : Seminar on Research Methods on Internet and Society Wiki, 2009-2010.
- John Palfrey, Graduate Seminar on Research Methods on Internet & Society, September 2009.
- John Palfrey, Research Confidential and Surveying Bloggers, November 2009.
- Eszter Hargittai, Research Confidential: Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have, 2009.
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A Fellow's Response to Benkler and Zittrain Argument
by Benjamin Mako Hill 21:53, 8 September 2011 (UTC)
There was an interesting conversation at the end of the day on the failings of academe to provide meaningful innovations compared to markets -- especially in the areas of social medias. This turned into a more general conversation about the relationship of science (especially in the academy) and technology (especially in industry).
More succinctly, Harvey Brooks provides a great high-level review to Jonathan's provocation with a summary of the key ways that science facilitates industrial technology. I've written up a a bullet list in an AcaWiki summary of the article.
But even if we just look a the direct relationship, there's still a strong argument for academic science. Edwin Mansfield did a bunch of empirical studies (e.g., , ) on industrial innovation's very direct connections to academic work. His basic conclusion is that a big chunk of innovations (10% at a minimum) could not have been completed without major delay without academic research.