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Recipes for Cookies: How Institutions Shape Communication Technologies

New Media & Society, Vol. 11, No. 3 pp. 315-336, 2009

Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 04-14

23 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2004 Last revised: 14 Feb 2011

Rajiv C. Shah

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Communication; Illinois State University

Jay P. Kesan

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: July 15, 2004

Abstract

The ability of communication technologies to favor certain societal concerns, such as privacy, is widely recognized. This article argues an institutional analysis is central to understanding how a technology affects a societal concern. This is demonstrated with a case study of the cookies technology, which has been shaped in differing ways by universities, firms, and consortia. A comparative institutional analysis finds that each of these institutions acted according to their own norms and processes in influencing the recipe for cookies. It is these institutional tendencies that shaped the cookies technology. By understanding these tendencies, policymakers can better assess, predict, and proactively influence the development of communication technologies to improve societal welfare.

Keywords: Institutions, Communication Technologies, Law & Policy, Privacy, Cookies

Suggested Citation

Shah, Rajiv C. and Kesan, Jay P., Recipes for Cookies: How Institutions Shape Communication Technologies (July 15, 2004). New Media & Society, Vol. 11, No. 3 pp. 315-336, 2009; Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 04-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=565041 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.565041

Rajiv Shah (Contact Author)

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Jay P. Kesan

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

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