Knowledge as Power on the Internet

  • Zelinna Pablo
  • Cynthia Hardy
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6847)


In this study we explore how knowledge produced on the Internet can reflect objectivist or subjectivist views. These different views shape participation dynamics in the knowledge production process in ways that are bound up with power. To explore these issues, we conducted a comparative case study of websites under the Development Gateway, an initiative launched by the World Bank in 2001. We examined how objective knowledge is associated with tightly controlled processes of knowledge production dominated by an elite that limits electronic participation, while subjective knowledge is associated with processes characterized by more inclusiveness, polyvocality and (qualified) egalitarianism.


knowledge power discourse Development Gateway 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zelinna Pablo
    • 1
  • Cynthia Hardy
    • 2
  1. 1.De La Salle University College of Computer StudiesManilaPhilippines
  2. 2.Department of Management and MarketingThe University of MelbourneCarltonAustralia

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