Society as an Information Network

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How far social interaction determines which technology is adopted by social groups and how far technology determines the structure and form of social interaction are fundamental to understanding the way in which technology can better facilitate social interaction and how social groups can best utilize technology to optimize their interaction and communication. Undoubtedly technology does alter the form of human social interaction but how far it influences the formation of social norms, group identities, trust and values is an open question. We review the literature and offer a theoretical model that incorporates a socio-technical analysis of technology adoption from the perspective of different groups within the context of hierarchical power relations.


Keywords: Agent, Cooperation, Complexity, Creativity
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Society as an Information Network,


Dr. Paul Hodgson

Senior researcher, Mobility Research Centre, GCTO, BT
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

Paul Hodgson works for British Telecom (UK) as a Senior Researcher, Security and Trust in the Mobility Research Centre. He is responsible for research in convergent security and trust, specifically in trust, identity and privacy. He joined BT in 1997 and has previously worked in the Security Research Centre on defensive technologies and the Future Technologies group on applying nature inspired approaches to network security. Prior to joining BT he worked on computational and musical creativity at the University of Sussex. Prior to this he ran his own music software company and worked as a musician after completing a first degree in social science and philosophy at the University of Manchester.
His research interests include the technical and social aspects of creativity, trust and security with special reference to opportunities in convergent environments. Dr Hodgson is author of several publications and patents, from areas such as computational creativity, email anti-virus protection, mobile services encryption and trust management. Dr Hodgson is a contributor to several international journals and he publishes and speaks frequently. Paul Hodgson received his DPhil in cognitive science from the University of Sussex, UK. He is a CISSP, a fellow of the RSA and a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. You can contact him at paul.w.hodgson@bt.com

Dr. Piotr Cofta

Chief Researcher, Mobility Research Centre, GCTO, BT
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

Piotr Cofta works for British Telecom (UK) as a Chief Researcher, Security and Trust in the Mobility Research Centre. He is responsible for research in convergent security and trust, specifically in trust, identity and privacy. Previously he has been working for many years for Nokia and more recently for Media Lab Europe, concentrating on the relationship between technology and society. His research interest includes technical and social aspects of trust and security with special focus on opportunities in convergent environment and mobile commerce. Dr Cofta has recently finished his book "Trust, Complexity and Control: Confidence in a Convergent World" that will be published by John Wiley & Sons. He is an author of several publications and patents, from areas such as trust management, digital rights management and electronic commerce. He is an Associate Editor for the Electronic Commerce Research Journal. Dr Cofta is a contributor to several international standards such as OMA and JCP; he publishes and speaks frequently. Piotr Cofta received his PhD in computer science from the University of Gdansk, Poland. He is a member of BCS and IEEE. You can contact him at piotr.cofta@bt.com or at http://piotr.cofta.eu

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