Communities and technologies: An approach to foster social capital?

Mark Ackerman, Marlene Huysman, John M. Carroll, Barry Wellman, Giorgio DeMichelis, Volker Wulf

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Abstract

Communities are social entities whose actors share common needs, interests, or practices: they constitute the basic units of social experience. With regard to communities, social capital captures the structural, relational and cognitive aspects of the relationships among their members. Social capital is defined as a set of properties of a social entity (e.g. norms, level of trust, and intensive social networking) which enables joint activities and cooperation for mutual benefit. It can be understood as the glue which holds communities together. On this panel we will discuss whether and how information technology can strengthen communities by fostering social capital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages406-408
Number of pages3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventComputer Supported Cooperative Work - Conference Proceedings, CSCW 2004 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2004Nov 10 2004

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OtherComputer Supported Cooperative Work - Conference Proceedings, CSCW 2004
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period11/6/0411/10/04

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Ackerman, M., Huysman, M., Carroll, J. M., Wellman, B., DeMichelis, G., & Wulf, V. (2004). Communities and technologies: An approach to foster social capital?. 406-408. Paper presented at Computer Supported Cooperative Work - Conference Proceedings, CSCW 2004, Chicago, IL, United States.