Information Technology and Human Communication

Marco Colombetti, Paolo Paolini


Digital technologies are currently having a deep impact on how we communicate and interact with others. Such technologies open a variety of new opportunities; which of them will become actual, however, is determined by a host of factors that have to do with human cognition and socio-economical relationships. Thus, the role of digital technologies in communication cannot be correctly appreciated unless they are placed in the context of complex interaction processes among people. In this paper we concentrate on a specific kind of digital media, that is, computer-based systems that support human interaction. Rather than trying to set up a general theoretical framework, we present and discuss some views that have developed from our recent research and teaching experience at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of University of Lugano. 


Information and Communication Technology; human communication and interaction; collaborative environment; semantic web

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