First Monday

First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals solely devoted to research about the Internet. First Monday has published 1,653 papers in 251 issues, written by 2,308 different authors, over the past 20 years.

This month: April 2017
The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world
This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data is being collected, to whom it is available, and how it might be used by various interested parties. The paper includes two case studies — mass-market e-books and scholarly journals — and illustrates a shift from government to commercial surveillance.
Also this month
The special taste of snack news: An application of niche theory to understand the appeal of Facebook as a source for political news
Facebook has become an important source for political information since news posts are an essential part of the content that is shared and spread. This study applies the uses and gratifications approach and the theory of the niche to understand the specific appeal of Facebook as a source for political news, comparing the gratifications obtained from political Facebook news with those of political television news and newspapers. Analyses of niche breadth and overlap demonstrate that Facebook has a comparatively narrow niche and a low overlap with some traditional news outlets. Political news content on Facebook serves a very specific function which is complementary to other sources.



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