A selection of recent interesting papers from First Monday, a online peer-reviewed journal.
Phantom authority, self–selective recruitment and retention of members in virtual communities: The case of Wikipedia
Abstract excerpt: “An interpretative framework explains the outstanding success of Wikipedia thanks to a novel solution to the problem of graffiti attacks — the submission of undesirable pieces of information. Indeed, Wiki technology reduces the transaction cost of erasing graffiti and therefore prevents attackers from posting unwanted contributions.”
Hate and peace in a connected world: Comparing MoveOn and Stormfront
Abstract excerpt: “By scrutinizing two particular grassroots activities and their use of the Internet, this article sheds light on conceptualizing the use of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) in mobilizing grassroots activities.”
Do Web search engines suppress controversy?
Abstract excerpt: “A more “Objective Web” is analyzed where: (a) Web page authors adopt research citation practices; (b) search engines balance organizational and analytic content; and, (c) searchers practice more wary multi–searching.”
On the economy of Web links: Simulating the exchange process
Abstract excerpt: “In our simulations we take the link economy to its extreme, where a significant number of links are exchanged, concluding that it will lead to a winner take all situation.”
Spinning yarns around the digital fire: Storytelling and dialogue among youth on the Internet
Abstract excerpt: “This paper hypothesizes that online forums and virtual communities, including message boards, Weblogs and instant messaging software (IM), allow children important spaces to share ideas and feelings, discuss issues and projects, ask and answer each other’s questions, and promote a prosocial spirit.”