Knowledge as power on the internet

Zelinna Pablo, Cynthia Hardy

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Abstract

In this study we explore how knowledge produced on the Internet can reflect objectivist or subjectivist views. These different views shape participation dynamics in the knowledge production process in ways that are bound up with power. To explore these issues, we conducted a comparative case study of websites under the Development Gateway, an initiative launched by the World Bank in 2001. We examined how objective knowledge is associated with tightly controlled processes of knowledge production dominated by an elite that limits electronic participation, while subjective knowledge is associated with processes characterized by more inclusiveness, polyvocality and (qualified) egalitarianism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages180-191
Number of pages12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Participation, ePart 2011 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Aug 20111 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference3rd IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Participation, ePart 2011
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period29/08/111/09/11

Keywords

  • Development Gateway
  • discourse
  • knowledge
  • power

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