International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society

This is a multi-disciplinary journal, focusing on the complex relationship between science and technology and their wider socio-cultural contexts. It is designed as a forum for informed discussion and debate about the role of technology in society, drawing on a variety of viewpoints from all branches of the social and behavioural sciences and humanities.

Articles

Vol. 8, No. 2, 2010

Ageing and Technology
Preface to the Special EditionAbstractThis preface to the special edition provides an introduction highlighting the notion of a 'greying world' and reflects on the unique juxtaposition of ageing and technology. It then introduces the special guest editorial...
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Understanding the Janus Face of Technology and Ageing: Implications for Older Consumers, Business Innovation and Society
AbstractThe convergence of technology and global ageing is driving new business opportunities, innovations in service delivery and the promise of a better life tomorrow for older adults and those who care for them. Despite its promise, technology has...
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New Technologies: Their Potential Role in Linking Rural Older People to Community
AbstractFor older adults in rural regions of Australia the issues of distance, accessibility and social connectivity associated with rural living add another dimension to the physical and social challenges associated with ageing. New technologies offer...
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Physical and Psychosocial Effects of Wii Video Game Use among Older Women
AbstractThis study investigated the physical and psychosocial effect of exergaming in community dwelling older adult women. In a pilot study consisting of a six-week baseline period and a six-week intervention period, participants (N = 11, mean age =...
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Websites for Seniors: Cognitive Accessibility
AbstractFew studies have examined the cognitive challenges faced by seniors in website use, let alone the way designers can mitigate those challenges. The findings of this ethnographic study of an Australian online community for seniors, extends present...
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Methodological Considerations in Surveys of Older Adults: Technology Matters
AbstractSurveys of adults over the age of 55 have unique methodological considerations, which typically concern the physiological and psychological factors associated with age-related declines in cognitive functioning and health. Though significant,...
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Vol. 8, No. 1, 2010

Nature and Nanotechnology: Science, Ideology and Policy
AbstractIn discussions of nanotechnology, it has become increasingly common to emphasise the importance of 'responsible governance'. This study focused on the issue of environmental governance and was specifically interested in critically exploring the...
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E-Commerce Technology Adoption by SMEs in Botswana
AbstractAttracted by the prospective opportunities offered by the Internet for market and communication diversification, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) adopt information and communication technologies (ICT), hoping to better their performances....
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'WHERE IS MY VOTE?' ICT Politics in the Aftermath of Iran's Presidential Election
AbstractIran's 2009 presidential election was a controversial political event and came prominently into global media focus. Alleged large-scale frauds in the election led to widespread protests which faced repressive reaction of the regime. In the absence...
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Wired for War. the Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
Wired for War. The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, P.W. Singer, 2009, The Penguin Press, USA, 512 pages, US $29.95, (Hardback), ISBN 9781594201981What is a robot? We all have some inclination, but depending on your background or...
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Structures of Participation in Digital Culture
Structures of Participation in Digital Culture, Joe Karaganis (ed.), 2007, Social Science Research Council & Columbia University Press, Columbia, 284 pages, free to download or AUS $35.99, (Paperback), ISBN 978-0-9790772-2-7Texts that claim to deal...
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AJETS to iJETS: A Reflection on the Past and a Comment on the Future
AbstractThis editorial discusses the journal's shift from AJETS to iJETS and reflects on the history of the journal over the past seven years and twelve issues. It charts the reasons for the decision to remain free and online, as well as the resolve...
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Vol. 7, No. 2, 2009

Preface to the Special Edition
With the emergence of Web 2.0 technologies and the widespread availability of laptop computers and mobile phones connected to wireless networks, the integration of digital technologies is increasingly seen as an inevitable factor in education over the...
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ICT Usage and Student Perceptions in Cambodia and Japan
AbstractThis paper looked at two Information and Communications Technology (ICT) contexts that initially appeared very different. It presents results of a survey administered in Cambodia (n = 130) and Japan (n = 328) which show that, excepting a few...
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Blending Learning in a Web 2.0 World
AbstractThis article explores the role that Web 2.0 technologies can play in enhancing language learning development in a blended world. It will argue that technologies are not enough on their own to make a difference, but that teachers bring a particular...
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Course Management Systems and Implications for Practice
AbstractThe development of online tools and the use of course management systems (CMS) in education are accelerating due to the improvement of the interactive features of Web 2.0. This article outlines the different types of CMSs and explores the selection...
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Identity in Online Communities: Social Networking Sites and Language Learning
AbstractSince their emergence in 2005, Web 2.0 technologies have been advanced as potentially transformative in the area of education in general and foreign language learning in particular. Web 2.0 technologies are presenting new opportunities for developing...
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New Literacies: Everyday Practices & Classroom Learning (2Nd Edition)
New Literacies: Everyday Practices & Classroom Learning (2nd Edition), Colin Lankshear & Michelle Knobel, 2007, McGraw Hill & Open University Press, Glasgow, 278 pages, AUS $62.00, (Paperback), ISBN 978-0335-220-106Digital literacy, or usually...
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Emergent Computer Literacy: A Development Perspective
Emergent Computer Literacy: A Development Perspective, Helen Mele Robinson, 2009, Routledge, London & New York, 224 pages, AUS $113.00, (Hardback), ISBN 978-0-415-96131-8The development of children's computer literacy skills, specifically, how children...
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Vol. 7, No. 1, 2009

Comparing the Regulatory Models of Net-Radio with Traditional Radio
AbstractThis article establishes the historical framework of net-radio and traditional radio in the context of emerging technologies, programming ideologies and government regulations in North America and Australia. It illustrates how the unregulated...
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Exchanging Online Narratives for Leisure: A Legitimate Learning Space
AbstractThe Story Exchange section of the Sims 2 website offers Sims 2 players a forum to read and review other players' original stories which they have written while playing The Sims 2. This article draws on interview data from Sarah, a 15-year-old...
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The Use (and Disuse) of Mobile Phones by Baby Boomers
AbstractBaby boomers are characterised as being technophobes who are slow to adopt new technology and when they do, they struggle to understand how to use it. This paper aimed to uncover whether baby boomers have embraced mobile phone technology and,...
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Online Social Networking: An Australian Perspective
AbstractThis paper reports the findings of a survey conducted in Australia in 2007/08 that investigated the experiences of online social network users aged between 15-65 years. This research is underpinned by two socio-cultural theories of learning:...
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Sex, Technology and Public Health
Sex, Technology and Public Health, Mark Davis, 2009, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, UK, 224 pages, AUS $160.00, (Hardback), ISBN 978-0-230-52562-7In an era in which unsubstantiated moral panics about Internet-related sexual harm regularly make news...
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Cybercrime: The Transformation of Crime in the Information Age
Cybercrime: The Transformation of Crime in the Information Age, David S. Wall, 2007, Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 288 pages, AUS $49.95, (Paperback), ISBN 9780745627366Information networks have brought us new sorts of crimes. We only have to look into...
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