Abstract - The Information Society 10(2)

Understanding the Digital Individual

Philip E Agre

This special issue of The Information Society explores the emergent phenomenon of the digital individual. The digital individual is the form of social identity that individuals acquire as their activities become influenced by - and often mediated through - digital representations of themselves. The articles in the special issue describe numerous aspects of the digital individual, from its construction within organizations to its construction in relation to individual others, and from the potential for new forms of social domination to the potential for new forms of social action. This introduction describes the articles and outlines the various themes that draw them together.

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