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[ecrea] International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) - Special issue on ICTS in Latin America

Thu Oct 29 10:54:29 GMT 2015

*International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)*
Volume 6, Issue 4, October - December 2015

Special issue on ICTS in Latin America edited by Toby Miller


Special Issue on ICTs in Latin America

Toby Miller (Loughborough University London, London, UK)

To obtain a copy of the Guest Editorial Preface, click on the link below.
Issue on ICTs in Latin America


Gender Dimension of ICTs in Latin America

Aimée Vega Montiel (Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en
Ciencias y Humanidades, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
(CEIICH-UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico)

The 1995 Beijing Platform for Action posed strategies to have in media
and information technologies an ally for gender equality. “Chapter J”
identified core areas for this agenda: content and representation,
access of women to decision-making positions at media and ICTs, gender
mainstreaming in communication policy, access and use of women to media
and ICTs. These strategies were reinforced by the World Summit on
Information Society, that pointed out the prominent role of ICTs in
women's human rights. The aim of this paper is to contribute to a
constructive debate on gender and ICTs, by presenting some of the most
significative trends in Latin America.

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Influence of Social Networks in the Decision to Vote: An Exploratory
Survey on the Ecuadorian Electorate

Daniel Barredo Ibáñez (Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabi, Manta,
Ecuador), Carlos Arcila Calderón (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid,
Spain), Jesús Arroyave (Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia),
Roxana Silva (FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador)

The popularization of the Internet and the adoption of social media have
brought major changes in the way of doing politics and managing the
public arena. There is extensive scientific literature confirming the
relationship between the use of new media and electoral political
participation (Willnat et al, 2013; Lee and Shin, 2014; Ceron et al,
2014.). The aim of this study is to determine the mechanism by which
using social networks influences the decision to vote. Ecuadorian
citizens (n= 3,535) took part in an exploratory survey during the first
half of 2013. The authors tested the measures and scales included in the
questionnaire for validity and reliability; and they used a moderated
mediation model (Hayes, 2013) based on regression. Results show that
positive influence of using social networks on the decision to vote is
not given directly, but rather through the search for information and
need for political deliberation. In this mediation process, the indirect
effect is in turn negatively moderated by age (the effect is stronger in
young people). It is argued that despite the influence that networks may
have on the behavior of voters, traditional factors related to the
search for political information in more conventional means (e.g. radio
or TV) seem to have a more significant effect. The authors explain both
theoretical and practical implications. Finally, they address the
study's limitations regarding the representativeness of the sample and
suggest testing the model in other political and cultural contexts.

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No, it did Not Grow Up because of the Internet: The Emergence of 2011's
Student Mobilization in Chile

Jorge Saavedra Utman (Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK)

While there is a general agreement on the contribution that Internet has
implied for social mobilisation regarding information and networked
sociability, there is a strand sustaining that the web and new
technologies of communication have the power to liberate people,
introduce democracy and democratize nations. In this paper, the author
deals with these perspectives with a special focus on Latin America and
Latin American quests for democracy. Taking the case of the Chilean
students movement of 2011, he describes and analyses a set of “old” and
basic communicative practices located within the walled intimacy of
houses, occupied schools and assemblies. This description and analysis
brings to the fore mediations that being at the very emergence of the
movement, underlies and exceeds the Internet, providing elements to
light up what technological determinisms shadow: the senses and
sensibilities displayed in practices looking for voice, participation
and recognition in the middle of neoliberal democracies.

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Reading Online: Young University Students' Experience with Internet Reading

Rosalía Winocur (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico)

The popularization of mobile devices in the everyday life of Mexico
City's broad socio-cultural sectors, particularly the cell phone, calls
attention to the fact that young people read and write permanently, from
the moment they wake up to the time they go to bed. They receive and
answer dozens of messages throughout the day, and they search and
publish all kinds of information. Nonetheless, surveys that measure
reading practices leave out questions about these experiences, and
subjects, when questioned about their reading habits and preferences,
don't mention nor recognize them in their answers. These observations
led us to ethnography traditional and emergent reading and writing
practices and representations that young people studying Communication
in a public university have. Its main results are reviewed in this paper.

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For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the
*International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)* in your institution's
library. This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated
*"InfoSci-Journals"* database:



Mission of IJEP:

The mission of the *International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP)* is to
define and expand the boundaries of e-politics as an emerging area of
inter-disciplinary research and practice by assisting in the development
of e-politics theories and empirical models. The journal creates a venue
for empirical, theoretical, and practical scholarly work on e-politics
to be published, leading to sharing of ideas between practitioners and
academics in this field. IJEP contributes to the creation of a community
of e-politics researchers by serving as a “hub” for related activities,
such as organizing seminars and conferences on e-politics and
publication of books on e-politics.

Indices of IJEP:

  * ACM Digital Library
  * Bacon's Media Directory
  * DBLP
  * Google Scholar
  * JournalTOCs
  * MediaFinder
  * Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS International)
  * The Index of Information Systems Journals
  * The Standard Periodical Directory
  * Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
  * Worldwide Political Abstracts (WPSA)

Coverage of IJEP:

The International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP) focuses on three major
topic areas: the politics of information technology function and its
role within organizations, the politics of virtual communities and
social networking communities, and the role that electronic media plays
in community activism and party politics at the local, national, and
international levels. Within these major areas, specific topics of
interest to be discussed in the journal include (but are not limited to)
the following:

  * E-voting and electronically enabled e-government
  * Impact of globalization on the political role played by the IT unit
    within organizations
  * Impact of race and gender on electronically enabled political
  * Party politics and social activism
  * Politics of diffusion of change within organizations
  * Politics of social networking communities, including: learning
    communities, customers' communities, e-dating communities, gaming
    communities, support group communities, etc.
  * Politics of the IT function and role in organizations
  * Politics of virtual communities and social networking communities
  * Politics of geographically based virtual communities
  * Use of electronic media for surveillance manipulation and harassment
  * Use of electronic media in industrial and labor relations
  * Utilization of electronic media for governance and politicking at
    the municipal, state, national, and international levels
  * Utilization of electronic media for political debate, information
    sharing, political decision making, and fundraising

Interested authors should consult the journal's manuscript submission

Editor(s)-in-Chief: Yasmin Ibrahim (Queen Mary, University of London,
United Kingdom) and Celia Romm Livermore (Wayne State University, USA)

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