In April, 2011, the International Journal of Communication (IJoC) published a special section of articles titled “Network Multidimensionality in the Digital Age,” developed from presentations made by speakers at the 2010 ANN Conference. The special section of the journal is co-edited by Manuel Castells, Peter Monge, and Noshir Contractor, and includes work by the co-editors as well as Yochai Benkler, Wendy Hall, Bruno Latour, Karine Nahon, Rahul Tongia, and Ernest Wilson.
From the IJoC press release:
“Human communication networks, like those typically found in the network society, are highly complex and relationally rich in that they often connect different types of objects with multiple types of relations. This special section presents seven articles that explore the implications of this network multidimensionality. The articles cover a broad array of issues including network sociomateriality, network power, network exclusion, the semantic web, network fuzziness, and network spheres. The theoretical implications of network multidimensionality are explored and a number of relevant social examples are examined including the degrees of freedom in WikiLeaks networks, the kinds of power in societal networks, and the network changes that occur when technologies and other sociomaterial objects are brought inside the network. The keynote article by Bruno Latour argues that network multidimensionality eradicates the long-standing theoretical distinction between individual and society.”