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CIRSS Seminar - Sociotechnical Cooperatives: The Impact of Technology on Cooperative Organizations

Friday, December 4, 2020
4pm - 5pm


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Session leaders: Madelyn Sanfilippo, iSchool Assistant Professor
Description: Cooperative arrangements structure many collaborative activities and address diverse collective action problems and social dilemmas, often around physical, natural, human, and data resources, and technology increasingly plays an important role in addressing these challenges. Through a combination of network analysis of interrelationships between cooperatives and characterizes cooperative organizations within the United States and interviews and content analysis of documentation about cooperatives organizations, we explore the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on cooperatives. We provide an overview of cooperative organizations in the United States, illustrating patterns by sector, structure, region, and location, such as the importance of sector-based umbrella and infrastructural cooperatives in supporting coordination and communicating best technological practices to cooperatives, over regional partnerships, which exist to navigate local regulatory environments. Madelyn will present our forthcoming TPRC paper, which discusses unexpected opportunities and challenges with respect to technology adoption and use in organizations, associated with competing interests, and how these challenges and emerging technologies shape incentives for sharing knowledge within and between these cooperative organizations.  
Madelyn Rose Sanfilippo is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research empirically explores governance of sociotechnical systems, as well as outcomes, inequality, and consequences within these systems. Using mixed-methods, including computational social science approaches and institutional analysis, she addresses research questions about: participation in and legitimacy of sociotechnical governance; social justice issues associated with sociotechnical governance; privacy in sociotechnical systems; and differences between policies or regulations and sociotechnical practice. Her work practically supports decision-making in, management of, and participation in a diverse public sphere. Prior to joining the iSchool, she was a postdoctoral IT policy fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University, where she collaborated with Dr. Tithi Chattopadhyay.