Special Issue "Selected Papers from the INSCI2019: Internet Science 2019"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Franco Bagnoli
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Guest Editor
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Interests: complex systems; network dynamics; social and cognitive models; Internet-mediated relationships
Dr. Andrea Guazzini
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Guest Editor
Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Interests: His main research interests are cognitive and social psychology, social cognition, sociophysics, and virtual social dynamics. Moreover he adopts an approach based on complex systems science to model psychological and social systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This issue is dedicated to the contains extended versions of selected papers from the 6th International Conference “Internet Science”, INSCI 2019, Perpignan, France, December 2–5, 2019.

Internet Science constitutes a very broad concept that includes the technical parts concerning protocols and connections, but also the contents and applications, and, more importantly, the people. The Internet is changing our lives, and therefore many crucial questions have arisen: How do people behave on the Internet? Are they changing their lifestyle and how? Can the Internet promote sustainability, cooperation, and collective intelligence? Can it support open democracy and policy making? How can awareness of possibilities and dangers of the Internet be promoted? What about topics like intellectual properties, privacy, reputation, and participation? What are the juridical aspect of the Internet? What about arts and humanities in general?

INSCI 2019 aimed at providing a good opportunity to bridge the academic and industrial communities in northern and southern countries in order to converge to a noble idea of the role that the Internet should play. The theme, “The Internet and Geopolitical Crossroads,” dealt with the development of practices, platforms, and communication channels to promote the integration of southern European, Mediterranean, African, and Latin American countries in a peaceful world.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainability
    • Responsible Research and Innovation
    • Transnational, and Inter-Cultural Projects
    • Environment and Climate Change
    • Smart Environments
  • Education
    • Distance Education and Learning
    • Platforms, Applications and Practices for Sustainability, Resilience, Pollution Control, Health and Life Quality, Integration,
    • Infrastructures
  • Openness
    • Open Science and access to Scientific Production
    • Open Education
    • Open Data: Issues, Services and Solutions
    • Big Data and Privacy
  • E-Science
    • E-Government
    • E-Commerce
    • E-Tourism
  • Engagement
    • Citizen Participation,
    • Citizen Science,
    • Science Shops
  • Algorithms and computation
    • Reinforcement Algorithms and Machine Learning
    • Intelligent Systems
    • Graph Based Algorithms
    • Algorithms for mediation content
    • Green Computing
    • Cloud, Grid and Cluster Computing
  • Connection
    • Network Design and Architecture
    • Networking and Communication Protocols
    • Wireless Systems and Applications
    • Social Networks,
    • Network Complexity
  • Information
    • Dark Web
    • Information Fusion
    • Smart cities
  • Social analysis, modelling and media
    • Online Human Behaviour
    • Reputation and Trust Analysis in Social Media
    • Efficient Algorithms for Social Computation
    • Social Simulations
  • Economy
    • Business, Finance and Management

Prof. Dr. Franco Bagnoli
Dr. Andrea Guazzini
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Social Aspects of Internet
  • Cognitive dynamics
  • Internet-Mediated Communication
  • Information Diffusion and Processing
  • Data Gathering, Management and Protection
  • Health and Well-being

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Science Cafés, Science Shops and the Lockdown Experience in Florence and Rome
Future Internet 2020, 12(7), 115; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12070115 - 08 Jul 2020
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The lockdown was crucial to stop the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, but it affected many aspects of social life, among which traditional live science cafés. Moreover, citizens and experts asked for a direct contact, not relying on mass-media communication. In this paper, we [...] Read more.
The lockdown was crucial to stop the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, but it affected many aspects of social life, among which traditional live science cafés. Moreover, citizens and experts asked for a direct contact, not relying on mass-media communication. In this paper, we describe how the Florence and Rome science cafés, contacted by citizens and experts, either directly or through the Florence science shop, responded to these needs by organizing online versions of traditional face-to-face events, experiencing high levels of participation. The science café methodology was also requested by a high school that needed to conclude an engagement experience with students and their families. We also report the results of a survey about the satisfaction of this new methodology with respect to the old one. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from the INSCI2019: Internet Science 2019)
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Investigating the Relationship between Personality and Technology Acceptance with a Focus on the Smartphone from a Gender Perspective: Results of an Exploratory Survey Study
Future Internet 2020, 12(7), 110; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12070110 - 30 Jun 2020
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Prior research found that user personality significantly affects technology acceptance perceptions and decisions. Yet, evidence on the moderating influence of user gender on the relationship between personality and technology acceptance is barely existent despite theoretical consideration. Considering this research gap, the present study [...] Read more.
Prior research found that user personality significantly affects technology acceptance perceptions and decisions. Yet, evidence on the moderating influence of user gender on the relationship between personality and technology acceptance is barely existent despite theoretical consideration. Considering this research gap, the present study reports the results of a survey in which we examined the relationships between personality and technology acceptance from a gender perspective. This study draws upon a sample of N = 686 participants (n = 209 men, n = 477 women) and applied the HEXACO Personality Inventory—Revised along with established technology acceptance measures. The major result of this study is that we do not find significant influence of user gender on the relationship between personality and technology acceptance, except for one aspect of personality, namely altruism. We found a negative association between altruism and intention to use the smartphone in men, but a positive association in women. Consistent with this finding, we also found the same association pattern for altruism and predicted usage: a negative one in men and a positive one in women. Implications for research and practice are discussed, along with limitations of the present study and possible avenues for future research. Full article
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Collective Intelligence in Polish-Ukrainian Internet Projects. Debate Models and Research Methods
Future Internet 2020, 12(6), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12060106 - 20 Jun 2020
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In this study, we focus on models of civic debate suitable for use in Polish-Ukrainian internet projects, as well as methods of researching collective intelligence that can help to monitor particular aspects of such debates and consequently create social bridging capital between these [...] Read more.
In this study, we focus on models of civic debate suitable for use in Polish-Ukrainian internet projects, as well as methods of researching collective intelligence that can help to monitor particular aspects of such debates and consequently create social bridging capital between these groups. The dynamic socio-political situation of recent years, both in Ukraine and in Poland, has created new conditions. Anti-government protests and social turmoil related to the war in Crimea and Donbas, as well as a high level of migration in the region in a short period led to the creation of a multi-ethnic society. This brings opportunities for the development of a new type of social capital: A new participative model of social life based on internet projects, with a relatively low entry barrier, space for creativity, and the widespread use of ICT technologies, can provide the new ways of debating, civic engagement, and collective action. Our research, based on a multidisciplinary literature review, as well as a series of qualitative in-depth interviews (IDIs), proved that the selected collective intelligence (CI) research methods and debate models can help to develop internet communities that will contribute to building bridging capital between Poles and Ukrainians. Full article
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