Digital infrastructures

The following reading list is used in the course Digital Infrastructures as part of the Digital Leadership masters program at the department of Applied IT at Gothenburg University.

I have been the course manager the following years: 2017, 2018

Reading list:

Amin, A (2014). `Lively Infrastructure’. Theory, Culture & Society 31(7-8)-137-161

De Angeli, A., Bordin, S., & Menéndez Blanco, M. (2014). Infrastructuring participatory development in information technology. In Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Research Papers – Volume 1 (PDC ’14), Vol. 1. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 11-20. DOI:

Bødker, S., Dindler, C., & Iversen, O. S. (2017). Tying Knots: Participatory Infrastructuring at Work. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 1-29.

Bowker, G. C., Baker, K., Millerand, F., & Ribes, D. (2009). Toward information infrastructure studies: Ways of knowing in a networked environment. In International handbook of internet research (pp. 97-117). Springer Netherlands.

Clement, A., McPhail, B., Smith, K L., and  Ferenbok, Joseph. (2012). Probing, mocking and prototyping: participatory approaches to identity infrastructuring. In Proceedings of the 12th Participatory Design Conference: Research Papers – Volume 1 (PDC ’12),  Vol. 1. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 21-30.

Ciborra, C. A critical review of the literature on the management of corporate information infrastructures.  In  (2000). From control to drift: the dynamics of corporate information infrastructures.( Eds Ciborra, C).Oxford University Press on Demand.

Constantinides, P. (2012). The development and consequences of new information infrastructures: the case of mashup platforms. Media, Culture & Society, 34(5), 606-622.

Constantinides, P., & Barrett, M. (2014). Information infrastructure development and governance as collective action. Information Systems Research, 26(1), 40-56.

Edwards,W., Newman, M., & Shehan Poole, E. 2010. The infrastructure problem in HCI. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 423-432. DOI=

Edwards, P. N., Jackson, S. J., Bowker, G. C., & Knobel, C. P. (2007). Understanding infrastructure: Dynamics, tensions, and design.

Fleischer, R., & Snickars, P. (2017). Discovering Spotify–A Thematic Introduction. Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research9(2), 130-145.

Gehl, R. W. (2016). Power/freedom on the dark web: A digital ethnography of the Dark Web Social Network. new media & society18(7), 1219-1235.

Gizaw, A. A., Bygstad, B., & Nielsen, P. (2016). Open generification. Information Systems Journal.

Hanseth, O., Jacucci, E., Grisot, M., & Aanestad, M. (2006). Reflexive standardization: side effects and complexity in standard making. Mis Quarterly, 563-581.

Hanseth, O., & Lyytinen, K. (2010). Design theory for dynamic complexity in information infrastructures: the case of building internet. Journal of Information Technology, 25(1), 1-19.

Harvey, P (2012) “The Topological Quality of Infrastructural Relation- An Ethnographic Approach” Theory, Culture and Society 29 (4-5)- 76-92.

Henfridsson, O., & Bygstad, B. (2013). The generative mechanisms of digital infrastructure evolution. MIS quarterly, 37(3), 907-931.

Jabbar, K and Bjørn, P. 2017. Growing the Blockchain Information Infrastructure. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 6487-6498. DOI:

Jimenez, A Corsin (2014) “The Right to Infrastructure- a Prototype for Open Source Urbanism”. Environment and Planning D- Society and Space 32 (2)- 342-362

Karasti, H. (2014, October). Infrastructuring in participatory design. In Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Research Papers-Volume 1 (pp. 141-150). ACM.

Koutsikouri, D., Lindgren, R., & Henfridsson, O. (2017, January). Building Digital Infrastructures: Towards an Evolutionary Theory of Contextual Triggers. In Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Larkin, B. (2013). The politics and poetics of infrastructure. Annual Review of Anthropology, 42, 327-343.

Lind, M., Brödje, A., Watson, R., Haraldson, S., Holmberg, P. E., & Hägg, M. (2014). Digital Infrastructures for enabling Sea Traffic Management. In The 10th International Symposium ISIS.

Mirsadikov, A., Harrison, A., & Mennecke, B. (2016). Tales From the Wheel: An IT-Fueled Ride as an UBERDriver.

Monteiro, E., Pollock, N., Hanseth, O., & Williams, R. (2013). From artefacts to infrastructures. Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), 22(4-6), 575-607.

Mortier, R., Rodden, T., Tolmie, P., Lodge, T., Spencer, R., Sventek, J., & Koliousis, A. (2012, October). Homework: Putting interaction into the infrastructure. In Proceedings of the 25th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (pp. 197-206). ACM.

Pipek, V., & Wulf, V. (2009). Infrastructuring: Toward an integrated perspective on the design and use of information technology. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 10(5), 447.

Plantin, J. C., Lagoze, C., Edwards, P. N., & Sandvig, C. (2016). Infrastructure studies meet platform studies in the age of Google and Facebook. new media & society, 1461444816661553.

Preist, C., Schien, D., and Eli Blevis. 2016. Understanding and Mitigating the Effects of Device and Cloud Service Design Decisions on the Environmental Footprint of Digital Infrastructure

de Reuver, M., Sørensen, C., & Basole, R. C. (2016). The digital platform: a research agenda. Journal of Information Technology, 1-12.

Rodon, J., & Hanseth, O. (2015). Stabilization and Destabilization Processes at Work in Digital Infrastructures: The Co-Functioning of Architecture and Governance.

Semaan, B. & Mark, G. (2011). Technology-mediated social arrangements to resolve breakdowns in infrastructure during ongoing disruption. ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact. 18, 4, Article 21 (December 2011)

Simone, A (2004). People as Infrastructure- Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg. Public Culture, 16(3), pp. 407-429

Skog, D. A., Wimelius, H., & Sandberg, J. (2018) Digital Service Platform Evolution: How Spotify Leveraged Boundary Resources to Become a Global Leader in Music Streaming. In proceedings HICCS.

Soden, R &  Palen, L. (2016). Infrastructure in the Wild: What Mapping in Post-Earthquake Nepal Reveals about Infrastructural Emergence. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2796-2807

Sørensen, C. (2013). Digital platform and-infrastructure innovation. Mobile Strategy Challenges (In Japanese). H. Higashikuni (ed). Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd. Tokyo.

Star, S. L. (1999). The ethnography of infrastructure. American behavioral scientist, 43(3), 377-391.

Star, S. L., & Bowker, G. C. (2002, 2006). How to infrastructure. Handbook of new media: Social shaping and social consequences of ICTs, 230-245.

Syrjänen, Anna-Liisa and Hekkala, Riitta, “The Role of Users in Prototypical and Infrastructural Systems Design” (2015). PACIS 2015 Proceedings. 6.

Tilson, D., Lyytinen, K., & Sørensen, C. (2010). Research commentary—Digital infrastructures: The missing IS research agenda. Information systems research, 21(4), 748-759.

Tilson, D., Sorensen, C., & Lyytinen, K. (2011, June). The Paradoxes of Change and Control in Digital Infrastructures: The mobile operating systems case. In Mobile Business (ICMB), 2011 Tenth International Conference on (pp. 26-35). IEEE.

Weiser, M. (1994, March). Ubiquitous computing. In ACM Conference on Computer Science (p. 418).

 Yoo, Y., Henfridsson, O., & Lyytinen, K. (2010). Research commentary—the new organizing logic of digital innovation: an agenda for information systems research. Information systems research21(4), 724-735.

Zittrain, J. L. (2006). The generative internet. Harvard Law Review, 1974-2040.

Öbrand, L., Augustsson, N. P., Holmstrom, J., & Mathiassen, L. (2012, January). The emergence of information infrastructure risk management in IT services. In System Science (HICSS), 2012 45th Hawaii International Conference on (pp. 4904-4913). IEEE.