Karine Barzilai-Nahon is an associate professor at the Information School, director of the Center for Information & Society, faculty adjunct at the department of Communication and affiliated faculty at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement in University of Washington. Her research interests lie in information policy and politics and in the social aspects of the management of information. More specifically she studies information control and gatekeeping, self-regulation mechanisms in cyberspace and particularly in virtual communities, and "Digital Divide" measurement tools. She holds a PhD and MSc in Management of Information Systems (2004) from Tel-Aviv University, and BA in Computer Science and Political Science. Currently, she co-chairs the virtual communities minitrack and the digital divide minitrack at HICSS. She serves as an expert in many decision-making forums that relate to Internet and information technology policy and advises the science and technology committee of the Israeli parliament. She academically directed the Israeli delegation and participated as a representative in the UN summit of WSIS (World Summit of Information Society). Formerly she held senior positions in Research and Development in the hi-tech industry.
The last years yielded many studies in industry and academia in attempt to understand what implications young people who use technology frequently and heavily have on society. The next generation of employees in modern societies that have grown up in a world surrounded by connectivity and digital tools are called digital natives. While some researchers […]
Gatekeeping theories have been a popular heuristic for describing information control for years, but none have attained a full theoretical status in the context of networks. Network Gatekeeping Theory defines basic concepts like gatekeepers, gatekeeping and gatekeeping mechanisms and gated. It helps understanding relationships among gatekeepers and between gatekeepers and gated, the entity subjected to a gatekeeping […]
The E2ECA project (E-Government to E-Commerce Comparative Analysis) just concluded the cluster analysis phase. In that phase the team tried to identify the main challenges that e-governement and e-commerce are facing, how these challenges are being addressed and what these two sectors can learn from each other. The next phase will be conducted in January […]
Barzilai-Nahon Karine, 2009, “Gatekeeping: A Critical Review“, Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Vol. 43, pp.433-478 This chapter on gatekeeping offers a systematic exploration of the main trends and analytical frameworks relating to gatekeeping in the literature from 1995 to 2007. The chapter looks at eight fields: library and information science (henceforth information science), […]