Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology

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The Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) was established in 1988 as an independent, self-supporting institute. It is linked to the School of Communication, within the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University. CPROST is an academic centre devoted to policy studies on science, technology, and innovation (STI). CPROST brings together practitioners and scholars to study the interaction of advances in STI, their implementation in the marketplace, and their impacts on community and individual interests.

The Structures, Purpose and Funding of Academic Research Networks

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2006
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The Canadian Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) has been a highly successful approach to fostering a small branch of social sciences research and managing a large research project on technological clustering in Canada. In the light of this success, the purpose of this paper is to examine the structure and function of networks of academic research in relevant fields in a number of other countries with advanced systems for funding and overseeing university research.

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Article

Online Gaming and the Interactional Self: Identity interplay in Situated Practice

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Date created: 
2006
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In recent years the popular media have asserted that massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGS) are highly addictive. According to popular belief, these games have caused players to forsake “real life” obligations and “significant” offline relationships in order to pursue the “fake” and “trivial” online. This article presents an examination of online games in a broader context by linking the online world of gamers with their offline worlds.

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Article

VI Jornadas Latinoamericanas de Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología

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2006
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El siguiente artículo busca analizar los estudios en ciencia y tecnología desde la perspectiva de los estudios sociales y la política de ciencia y tecnología, buscando identificar las relaciones que construyen los diques, brechas y puentes entre ambos conceptos. Los resultados buscan identificar los retos generales sobre la materia y apuntalar hacia enseñanzas para países en desarrollo, en especial aquellos de América Latina.

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Article

Cluster Complexes: A Framework for Understanding the Internationalisation of Innovation Systems

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2006
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It is argued in this paper that during an era when the international architecture of production relationships is changing, this view of systems is hindering its further development. It draws from extensive data analysis of industrial interdependencies that cross national borders to support the case for cluster complexes that transcend regional and national borders.

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Article

Innovation Systems Based Indicators: Emphasis on Human Capital and ICT Adoption

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2006
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The paper uses three bodies of literature – innovation systems, knowledge/information society, and cluster studies – to explore the commonalities between three groups of indicators – innovation, human capital and adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The final objective of the paper is looking for new paths for designing new innovation indicators that better explain innovation processes.

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Article

The Games We Play Online and Offline: Making Wang-tta in Korea

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2006
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This article presents an ethnographic analysis of case studies derived from fieldwork that was designed to consider the different ways Korean game players establish community online and offline. It considers ways Korean youth participate in activities at Korean computer game rooms, which can be thought of as “third places.”

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Article

Privacy Rights and Prepaid Communication Services

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Date created: 
2006
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This report includes the results of a survey gathering details on the current state of regulation of prepaid mobile phones across a comparable range of countries in the OECD. It presents the results of the survey and is intended to contribute to an informed public deliberation on the question of privacy rights and prepaid communications services in Canada and elsewhere.

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Report

Innovation Happens in Systems: Implications for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

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Date created: 
2005
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This report addresses the regional systems of innovation in Canada, and looks at the ways that policy instruments play a role in the process. Recommendations are made to encourage the development of policies that foster the development of innovation clusters in Canada.

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Report

Is Electronic Community an Addictive Substance? An Ethnographic Offering from the EverQuest Community

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Date created: 
2005
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This study reports on ethnographic fieldwork from “inside” the EverQuest community, including participant observation and in-depth interviews concerning the experience of becoming a member of the EverQuest community.

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Report

The Evolution of the International Spatial Architecture of Clustering and Value Networks

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Date created: 
2005
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This research addresses international ICT networks, and the internationalization of production.

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Report