A social contract for virtual institutions

Memmi, Daniel (2015). « A social contract for virtual institutions ». AI and Society, 30(1), pp. 69-76.

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Computer-mediated social groups, often known as virtual communities, are now giving rise to a more durable and more abstract phenomenon: the emergence of virtual institutions. These social institutions operating mostly online exhibit very interesting qualities. Their distributed, collaborative, low-cost and reactive nature makes them very useful. Yet they are also probably more fragile than classical institutions and in need of appropriate support mechanisms. We will analyze them as social institutions, and then resort to social contract theory to determine adequate support measures. We will argue that virtual institutions can be greatly helped by making explicit and publicly available online their norms, rules and procedures, so as to improve the collaboration between their members.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: virtual institutions, social institutions, social organizations, social contract, Wikipedia
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences > Département d'informatique
Déposé par: Daniel Memmi
Date de dépôt: 30 janv. 2015 13:26
Dernière modification: 30 janv. 2015 13:26
Adresse URL : http://archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/6642

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