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Negotiating Information Technology: Politics and Practices of a Web Site
Responsible organisation
2002 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper I investigate municipal web production activities in a Swedish context. I implement Gärtner & Wagners suggestion about thinking through three different arenas when studying design processes: Arena A for individual projects, Arena B for organisational layer and Arena C for the national arena. The arena C, in my case National politics, I regard as the dominating information political discourse, which draws up the ideological scene of the topics, which are available for the information technology translations at the local level. The Arena B is a municipal political IT-vision document. The arena A is an analysis of an interview with a municipal web developer. I implement the analytical tools and vocabulary of the actor-network theory (ANT). I suggest that the web design process is a network of negotiations, where political documents, web producers, private companies, software, and time meet. The messy mixture of actors reinforces the idea of understanding information technology as a hybrid of humans and non-humans, and technology and society. By understanding the complexity of the design process also enables us to think about why the everyday work sometimes seems to be complex, vulnerable and unstable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: CPSR & ACM & STIMDI , 2002.
Keyword [en]
Information technology, Politics, Public sector, Web production, Sweden
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-9626Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfoB773DAA32236C2D3C1256E30005793A9ISBN: 0-9667818-2-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-9626DiVA: diva2:837524
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PDC Participatory Design
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2004-02-04 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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