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Increasingly the internet provides an infrastructure for work, socialising, education, active citizenship and surveillance. What are the social, political, economic and cultural implications of this? Is the internet the same everywhere? This module will provide a broad theoretical and conceptual grounding to help students to understand these questions and to critically interrogate the emergence and ongoing development of the internet as a socio-technical institution. Students will be required to investigate contemporary social practices online and examine a range of topics including: network/information/knowledge societies, internet governance, the attention and sharing economy, digital work, identity and play online, digital inequalities, digital literacy and online politics.