nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2011‒02‒19
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Virtual Socializing: Its Motives and Spread By Pillai, Rajasekharan; Rahul, Thoranath; Peringat, Beena Babu; Thilakarajan , Sindhya; Janardhanan, Neethu
  2. Privacy as invisibility: pervasive surveillance and the privatization of peer-to-peer systems By Francesca Musiani
  3. Challenges and possible solutions for modernization of romanian companies under the knowledge revolution By Ghencea, Adrian; Simion , Dana-Florenta

  1. By: Pillai, Rajasekharan; Rahul, Thoranath; Peringat, Beena Babu; Thilakarajan , Sindhya; Janardhanan, Neethu
    Abstract: Virtual communities constitute an important attribute through which social dialogues are mediated. The emergence of online communities is the outcome of the prevalence of web based technologies. In the world of inter and intra connectedness individuals have the prerogative to get connected to the community of their choice. The present study examines the magnitude and motivations of online social networking through field survey method.
    Keywords: virtual socializing; online communities; social networking; virtual platforms; virtual communities
    JEL: P36 D71
    Date: 2011–02
  2. By: Francesca Musiani (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Mines ParisTech)
    Abstract: Addresses the increasing privatization of peer-to-peer file sharing systems, arguing that privacy is increasingly coinciding with mere invisibility but also that the richness of today's landscape of peer-to-peer technology opens up new dimensions to the conceptualization of privacy.
    Keywords: Peer-to-peer, privacy, surveillance, invisibility, privatization, sharing, communication
    JEL: L86 Z1 O3
    Date: 2011–02
  3. By: Ghencea, Adrian; Simion , Dana-Florenta
    Abstract: Increasingly, many academics and business people appreciate that the kind of society humanity is moving towards is a knowledge society which is supported by a knowledge economy. A key feature of the knowledge society (Draganescu, 2004) is the emergence of a new economy where innovation process becomes curcial, where knowledge is unprecedentedly disseminated to al citizens through new ways of communication (internet, e-book, e-learning, etc.). In this type of society, the new economy - ofen clled knowledge - based economy - owes its apparence to a number of important forces now at work in the sense of changing the rules of business and national competitiveness: globalization, the increasingly use of knowledge and information, the computer networks and internet connectivity.
    Keywords: knowledge management; knowledge - based economy; web technologies
    JEL: O1 D83 L86 M21
    Date: 2010–11–20

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