Identity and Community on the Internet
Identity in the Community
"This site is a comprehensive guide to issues and resources
pertaining to virtual communities, and the homepage for a university course
CC/1920 The Virtual Community: Daily Life in Cyberspace,
which is taught at Calumet College at York University, Canada." The course
includes two e-lectures on Identity.
THE NETIZEN: Special Focus
in Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine
ISSN 1076-027X / Volume 3, Number 2 / February 1, 1997.
- Home Net
A Carnegie Mellon research project studying what people do with the
Internet and how it affects their lives.
Communities in Cyberspace.
Center for the Study of Online Community
seeks to present and foster studies
that focus on how computers and networks alter people's capacity to form
groups, organizations, institutions, and how those social formations
are able to serve the collective interests of their members.
- Peter Kollock:
The Economics of Online Cooperation: Gifts and Public Goods in Cyberspace P
Netizens, On the History and Impact of the Net.
A print edition has recently been
published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. Its ISBN # is 0-8186-7706-6.
HTML Draft (4/9/95)
Marc A Smith
Marc Smith and his students have done a whole bunch of stuff.
Voices from the WELL: The Logic of the Virtual Commons P
by Marc Smith.
This is an article on how communities may or may
not act in their collective interest to produce collective goods.
The WELL is a virtual community that Smith
studied. Some of his conclusions are that despite the potential for abuse of
power, the "form of organization in place in the WELL is a kind of benign
anarchy....The history of the WELL provides empirical evidence that a
mixture of public and private control over a collective good can effectively
sustain the production and distribution of that good. In addition, it
illustrates the fact that the character of a collective good is an essential
element of the kinds of organizations that can be constructed to produce
and maintain it.
another paper by P. Kollack and the same author called
Managing the Virtual Commons: Cooperation and
conflict in computer communities.
Netscan: Measuring and Mapping the Social Structure of Usenet.
There is an interesting paper
There is also some
Netscan is an aid to sociological research
on online interaction and group dynamics. Used in conjunction with a
social network analysis tool (such as Krackplot), Netscan can create network
maps of the interconnections between Usenet groups as well as measures of a
newsgroup's activity, population of participants, and style of interaction.
- Marc Smith, teaches a lecture course on the
Sociology of Cyberspace
at UCLA. Lecture 8 was on
Identity and Anonymity
(there's not much here, but (as with the other lectures)
he lists references). A number of
his students have completed projects
The mark P is for administrative purposes.
It indicates that BREB has printed a copy of this article from the web.
24 February '98