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In Search of Birds and Elks: two case studies of creative use of ICT in Sweden
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: THE, GOOD, THE BAD AND THE CHALLENGING: The user and the future of information and communication technologies, Koper: ABS-Center , 2009, 62-68 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper will describe and try to understand how user together functions as innovators when they use already established information and communication technology (ict) in creative ways. The paper describes two case studies that both are about mobile recreational activities in nature, namely elk hunting and bird watching. Both these cases show that the social context plays a significant role in the introduction and use of ict and that the development takes place in interaction between individuals. In the first case, producing users, in this case (the hunting association and its web editor) that starts and in some way monitors the development while in the later case it is both producing users and everyday users (different bird watchers with different technological knowledge and competence) that during different development stages are active. Both cases show that it is a process innovation and that it could be enabling and constraining in the same time depending on which virtual pocket of local order the user belongs to.

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Koper: ABS-Center , 2009. 62-68 p.
Keyword [en]
Enablers, everyday users, creative use, constraints, ICT, process innovation, producing users, virtual pocket of local order.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21141ISBN: 978 9 616277 17 4OAI: diva2:240725
COST Action 298: Participating in the Broadband Society
Available from: 2009-09-29 Created: 2009-09-29 Last updated: 2009-10-02

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