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Processes of Proliferation
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3). University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
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2022 (English)In: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, E-ISSN 2573-0142, Vol. 6, no GROUP, p. 1-22, article id 41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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While scalability and growth are key concerns for mainstream, venture-backed digital platforms, local and location-oriented collaborative economies are diverse in their approaches to evolving and achieving social change. Their aims and tactics differ when it comes to broadening their activities across contexts, spreading their concept, or seeking to make a bigger impact by promoting co-operation. This paper draws on three pairs of European, community-centred initiatives which reveal alternative views on scale, growth, and impact. We argue thatproliferation -- a concept that emphasises how something gets started and then travels in perhaps unexpected ways -- offers an alternative toscaling, which we understand as the use of digital networks in a monocultural way to capture an ever-growing number of participants. Considering proliferation is, thus, a way to reorient and enrich discussions on impact, ambitions, modes of organising, and the use of collaborative technologies. In illustrating how these aspects relate inprocesses of proliferation, we offer CSCW an alternative vision of technology use and development that can help us make sense of the impact of sharing and collaborative economies, and design socio-technical infrastructures to support their flourishing.  

 

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2022. Vol. 6, no GROUP, p. 1-22, article id 41
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-51881DOI: 10.1145/3492860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-51881DiVA, id: diva2:1662645
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-05382_3European Commission, 687922Available from: 2022-06-01 Created: 2022-06-01 Last updated: 2022-06-01Bibliographically approved

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