A critical study of informal new media uses in Sweden
This study looks at a variety of “informal” uses of new media and ICTs. The term informal describes popular uses of digital technologies that often exist outside the norms, laws, and codes that dictate how digital technologies and networks are to be used. Such activities include what is commonly described as “piracy,” but also embrace different peer-to-peer practices. Informal activities develop due to the affordances of digital technologies, which allow space for creativity and personalization of use, but are also due to broader sociocultural variables and contextual issues. In general terms, informal activities are those that concern the amateur activities of people using digital programs, tools, and networks. Media scholars see great potential in new media/ICT affordances, as related to the proliferation of grassroots participation, communication, and creativity. Nevertheless, a growing critical literature forces us to examine the actualization of such potential. This paper discusses the aforementioned issues by looking at new media/ICT uses in Sweden; it departs from critical perspectives that take into consideration the political economy of new media, and the cultural-political critiques of late-modern consumer societies.
The article considers the phenomenon of nostalgia for the late Soviet times. The author presents the results of his observations over the nostalgia segment of the Russian blogosphere. The article is based on the concepts of the past, collective memory and nostalgia, which have been worked out by M. Halbwachs, D. Lowenthal and S. Boym.
The International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management is a global forum for exchanging research results and case studies that bridge the latest information technology and quantitative management techniques. It explores how the use of information technology to improve quantitative management techniques and how the development of management tools can reshape the development of information technology.
A joint research project carried out by an interdisciplinary group of Russian and Swedish linguists, sociologists and educators-psychologists (the Swedish Institute grant), besides solving pragmatic tasks of finding out relative quantitative-qualitative specificity of national cognitive representations of values, first of all, had methodological goals. They were to check the efficiency of the linguistic methods developed in this study (and, thus, to prove the theoretical ideas that served the basis for it) of getting factual data that allow reconstructing and comparing of the corresponding areas of cognitive representations.
The 3rd Postgraduate Consortsium International Workshop IICST 2013 was organized by following members, with support from TUSUR University, Russia, and Ritsumeikan University, Japan.
The book presents the developments directions and researches within the framework of scientific schools of the Institute of Computer Technologies of MESI. It provides the concept of modern information systems architecture and the structure of information space; done the classification of information technologies. Considered the features of constructions of Business Process Management (BPM), Information Management Systems (ERP), Decision Support Systems (DSS). The book defines the theoretical foundations of algorithmization and programming with help of algorithmic languages, the theory of graphs and program synthesis. It presents safety factors and economic aspects of software development. It provides the methods and environments of information infrastructure management based on COBIT, ITIL, clouding computing. The methodology of economic efficiency of information systems and nets and information securities requirements are described. The book formulates conceptual foundations of information systems and data bases design, it presents the analysis of methodologies of information systems modeling.