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DESIGN OF DIGITAL DEMOCRACIES: Performances of citizenship, gender and IT

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The point of departure for this article is several Swedish IT policies that articulate goals for further development of the welfare state, which demand and enable active citizenship as well as enrolment of IT in the performance of this active citizenship. This article also examines the performance of active citizenship in a variety of sociotechnical arenas where people and technology coexist. Does the notion of active citizenship turn out a number of performances when translated into materialized technologies, such as Internet portals and web-based services? The authors juxtapose the policies with a construction of agencies in the story of citizens' design. In the last section, the discussions taking place in the parliament of things are summarized and related to the problematizations of citizenship, gender and IT.
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Keywords: Citizenship; IT policies; Sweden; gender; information technology; parliament of things

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Technoscience Studies, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlshamn, Sweden 2: Department of Informatics, University of Oslo/University of Umeå, OSLO, Norway

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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