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Values, social imaginaries and the Internet control

Values, social imaginaries and the Internet control
Values, social imaginaries and the Internet control
This thesis aims to explore the role of values in shaping the evolution and control of the Internet and the Web, regarding social imaginaries. Whilst the question of values in the design, operation and governance of the Internet is well documented from the point of view of the social imaginary behind the screen, relatively little is known about the values that are important to the users of the Web who have been so central in driving forward its growth in the last 25 years. The thesis will: (i) draw on published histories and other secondary sources to trace the role of values in shaping the Internet, and the Web as controlled technical infrastructures; (ii) conduct original empirical research to explore the Web values for those in front of the screen, as well as the possible control exerted by them on the Internet.
It will suggest (i) an alternative history of the Internet, (ii) that there is a disjunction between the values linked to social imaginaries, and (iii) that there are considerable variations between the values of the users, not least in different parts of the world.
University of Southampton
Melgarejo Heredia, Rafael
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Melgarejo Heredia, Rafael
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Carr, Leslie
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Melgarejo Heredia, Rafael (2019) Values, social imaginaries and the Internet control. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis, 285pp.

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Abstract

This thesis aims to explore the role of values in shaping the evolution and control of the Internet and the Web, regarding social imaginaries. Whilst the question of values in the design, operation and governance of the Internet is well documented from the point of view of the social imaginary behind the screen, relatively little is known about the values that are important to the users of the Web who have been so central in driving forward its growth in the last 25 years. The thesis will: (i) draw on published histories and other secondary sources to trace the role of values in shaping the Internet, and the Web as controlled technical infrastructures; (ii) conduct original empirical research to explore the Web values for those in front of the screen, as well as the possible control exerted by them on the Internet.
It will suggest (i) an alternative history of the Internet, (ii) that there is a disjunction between the values linked to social imaginaries, and (iii) that there are considerable variations between the values of the users, not least in different parts of the world.

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Published date: November 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 438948
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/438948
PURE UUID: c9a7efe3-d620-45d1-b72d-e9d95635ff18
ORCID for Rafael Melgarejo Heredia: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8058-1447
ORCID for Leslie Carr: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-9680

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Date deposited: 27 Mar 2020 17:30
Last modified: 28 Mar 2020 01:36

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Author: Rafael Melgarejo Heredia ORCID iD
Thesis advisor: Leslie Carr ORCID iD

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