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Message posted on 05/06/2020

'Infrastructuring the Commons Today, when STS meet ICT' –Journal of Peer Production Special Issue online

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Dear all,

I wish to draw your attention on the new release of the Journal of Peer
Production Special Issue #14 'Infrastructuring the Commons Today, when STS
meet ICT'

Guest editors: Mariacristina Sciannamblo (Sapienza University of Rome),
Maurizio Teli (Aalborg University), Peter Lyle (Aarhus University) &
Christopher Csíkszentmihályi (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)

Peer production and collaborative forms of technological design – such as
those based on commons-oriented approaches – have at their core a critical
stance towards the technoscientific landscape, an approach shared with
Science and Technology Studies (STS) as a theoretical archipelago that has
produced a significant wealth of knowledge that points out the social
constructive and performative character of technoscience.

In recent time, the increasing prominence of critical approaches - e.g.
feminist and postcolonial STS - and the intersections with surrounding
fields - e.g. participatory design, information science, and critical
technical practice - have stressed the politically engaged character of
STS, emphasizing its "activist interest" (Sismondo, 2008). Such growing
interest in collaborative modes of practicing STS has suggested the
emergence of a "collaborative turn" in STS (Farías, 2017). Such novel
approaches allow researchers and practitioners to understand and experience
STS as a “practice” as well as a theoretical perspective, an approach
can be fruitful and inspiring also to investigate, design, and advocate for
commons-based and oriented forms of production and experiences.

This special issue focuses on such collaborative orientation of STS by
exploring its interplay with the field of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) when focusing on the commons and peer production. With the
question of infrastructuring the commons as a background, the issue evokes
the disciplinary intersection of STS with design studies and information
science, the epistemological meeting between STS and critical perspectives,
the making of new alliances between researchers, activists and local
population, the convergence of institutional interests and research
practices to promote alternative sociotechnical infrastructures.

The special issue is open access and available at this link:

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