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Mikael Sundström

Mikael Sundström

Senior lecturer

Mikael Sundström

Connecting Social Science and Information Technology Through an Interface-Centric Framework of Analysis


  • Mikael Sundström

Summary, in English

The gathering pace of IT innovation has, or ought to have had notable methodological repercussions for the social-science community (and beyond). Where yesterday the researcher could unhurriedly unlock the social-scientific significance of a chosen medium, secure in the knowledge that his or her work would have bearing for many years, by now there is every reason to confront a fear that the prodded IT implementation may in fact be gone or at least heavily altered by the time such comprehen-sive research is concluded. This paper will propose a comple-menting systematic “interface-centric” research model capable of interconnecting a non-finite variety of IT implementations and social science studies in a coherent way. The paper also outlines how users “downstream”, whether political actors or technology operators can use the proposed framework to more easily approach and weight academic input when evaluating complex IT effects.


  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year







IMSCI '07: International Multi-conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics, vol 2, Proceedings

Document type

Conference paper


  • Political Science


  • Social Sciences
  • IT
  • Framework of Analysis

Conference name

International Conference on Politics and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (PISTA)

Conference date


Conference place

Orlando, Florida, United States




  • ISBN: 978-1-934272-25-1