The Web as a Digital Reflection of Reality

Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 18, No. 28, 2006

30 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2007

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David A. Bray

Harvard University; University of Oxford; National Defense University

Laku Chidambaram

University of Oklahoma

Michael Epstein

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Timothy Hill

San Jose State University

Dominic Thomas

Sawyer Business School

Shailaja Venkatsubramanyan

San Jose State University

Richard T. Watson

University of Georgia - Department of Management

Abstract

The web is increasingly relied upon as a reflection of reality, which raises a number of key issues not yet fully recognized or articulated, warranting further study. This new digital reality and the unprecedented capabilities it embodies in terms of searchability, aggregatability, temporal persistence, and so on, give rise to great challenges in the areas of Digital Identity Management, Social Impacts, Currency and Accuracy of Digital Data, Distorting Factors, Legal Issues and Implications, among others, that are only just becoming recognized and articulated. This paper reports on a panel exploring these issues and speculating creatively on how they might be addressed in IS academic research by adopting a fundamental information processing approach to design, incorporating analogs from evolutionary biology, for example.

Keywords: digital reality, information systems, cognitive distortion, social distortion, evolutionary biology

JEL Classification: D70, D83

Suggested Citation

Bray, David A. and Chidambaram, Laku and Epstein, Michael and Hill, Timothy and Thomas, Dominic and Venkatsubramanyan, Shailaja and Watson, Richard T., The Web as a Digital Reflection of Reality. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 18, No. 28, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=961088

David A. Bray

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Laku Chidambaram

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Shailaja Venkatsubramanyan

San Jose State University ( email )

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Richard T. Watson

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