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[The internet allows for collectivity to unfold into an impressive and multi-layered phenomenon that engenders diverse forms of entirely spontaneous or informally structured social behavior and action. The first aim of this book is to to present a heuristic concept of spontaneous collective...
[This article investigates two questions: One, how might the very differently structured social collectives on the internet—masses, crowds, communities and movements—be classified and distinguished? And two, what influence do the technological infrastructures in which they operate have on their...
[For some years, the field of research on social movements has undergone fundamental changes. This is due above all to the internet and social media platforms that have become an integral part of the emergence, organization and mobilization of protest. This article examines the role which these...
[Open source development has become an integral part of the software industry and a key component of the innovation strategies of all major IT providers. Against this backdrop, this article seeks to develop a systematic overview of open source communities and their socio-economic contexts. It...
[Based on a systematic review and evaluation of business reports, documents, statistics, literature and press releases, this article analyzes the market concentration and the expansion and innovation strategies of the leading internet companies Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. The...
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