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An Examination of the Literature on Civil Society Organisations and the Internet Artefact

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Holly Peterson

Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics, GB
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Candidate for M.Sc. in New Media, Information and Society
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Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on civil society organizations (CSOs) and the Internet artefact. There is much agreement and some (recent) dissent within the literature about the importance of the Internet artefact to and within CSOs. Much of the research has an undisclosed institutionalist framework which normalises the presence of the Internet artefact in the workings of CSOs without examining the process of institutionalisation. There is a slant to the ideological left in most research on CSOs and the Internet, and a number of authors employ the same examples in their arguments. This review examines these issues and offers suggestions for further research to address the institutionalisation of the Internet artefact in civil society organisations.

How to Cite: Peterson, H., 2007. An Examination of the Literature on Civil Society Organisations and the Internet Artefact. iSCHANNEL, 2(1), pp.33–36.
Published on 01 Sep 2007.
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