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Harnessing ICT-enabled collective social behaviour

Harnessing ICT-enabled collective social behaviour

Objective

The last decades have seen a tremendous change of society as a whole, driven by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The dynamics of building and strengthening social relationships have evolved through the use of ICT, and new ICT-mediated groups and communities have emerged. Individuals, communities, society, and ICT have become deeply intertwined in a dynamic feedback process. The fundamental challenge for future social ICT is overcoming the acute lack of understanding of the driving forces and mechanisms of this complex system of interactions. The project aims to develop systematic exploration, understanding, and modelling of systems where ICT is entangled with social structures. Currently, there is no general understanding, either at the individual or collective level, of how ICT-mediated social interactions and patterns of influence work. In particular, there is a critical gap in our understanding of how different levels of social behaviour are related to each other. Moreover, the existing knowledge in this area is highly fragmented between different scientific disciplines such as social psychology, computer science, and complexity science. A major goal of ICTeCollective is to bridge this gap, by using multi-level and multi-scale approaches to understand ICT mediated social dynamics at a societal level in relation to micro- and meso-scale processes. This goal will be achieved by carrying out original experiments on the impact of ICT on human behaviour, analysing ICT-generated large, unique, and time-stamped datasets, constructing and investigating models and building up a more general theoretical framework. This interdisciplinary approach of ICTeCollective will produce new insight and integrate the fragmented knowledge of different scientific disciplines concerning social aspects and consequences of ICT into a coherent form, which is amenable to be used in policy-making decisions and of benefit to the industry.

Coordinator

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Address

Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 575 205

Administrative Contact

Kimmo Kaski (Prof.)

Participants (5)

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Teknillinen korkeakoulu

Finland

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 333 532

ISTITUTO PER L'INTERSCAMBIO SCIENTIFICO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 324 735

UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 352 762

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 359 980

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 238597

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2009

  • End date

    30 September 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 565 237

  • EU contribution

    € 1 946 214

Coordinated by:

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland