A multidisciplinary approach on digitisation
Lund University Internet Institute, LUii, is a platform for understanding the societal impact and correlation to digitization. Click the links in the left bar to access fuller presentations of both ongoing and past research projects, and you will notice that they are highly interdisciplinary and mostly links different disciplinary context from both within Lund University as well as in other arenas. A selection of the most formative projects are listed below, in order to explain the background and content of LUii as well as to link to some of the more public interest that the projects have spurred.
LUii has developed from a research group studying processes of norm creation in a digital society, headed by Måns Svensson. It has been funded by the Swedish Knowledge foundation, but also by the Department of Sociology of Law at Lund University. Read more here (in eng) or here (in swe). The Cybernorms research group has received recognition globally for conducting the Research Bay studies with over 140 000 respondents. The first year’s Research Bay survey has been released as a searchable database – The Survey Bay.
The role of social media in professional organizations (Sompo)
This research project is lead by Kari Rönkkö and is concluded after 2016, and includes Måns Svensson, Hanna Carlsson and Lupita Svensson, and is funded by Forte. It is performed in collaboration with the City of Landskrona. It deals with the challenges that social media poses on organizations, for leadership and work life. Read an interview with Kari Rönkkö at FORTE.
Legal challenges in a digital context
This project runs from 2014 to 2016 and studies normative gaps, online traceability, surveillance and conceptual change. It is funded by The Swedish Research Council and lead by Stefan Larsson. The project is hosted by the Lund University Internet Institue (LUii), and during its three years Stefan has been visiting
- the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin (3 mo, aug-oct 2016);
- the Department of Political Science (POLS) at University of Hawai’i at Manoa (12 mo, 2014-2016)
- the IT University of Copenhagen (1 mo, 2015) and taking part in DECIDIS, a research network on democracy and citizenship in a digital society as well as
- the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies, Det Juridiske Fakultet, Køpenhavns universitet (8 mo, 2015).
Social Work and Digitalization
Lund University Internet Institute is during 2016 collaborating with the city of Helsingborg in a project on digitized social services. The project includes Stefan Larsson, Associate Professor in technology and social change at LUii, and Lupita Svensson, PhD in social work and senior lecturer at the School of Social Work at Lund University. The project is aimed at studying and making proposals on how social work can be developed by digital tools and processes. It is funded by the city of Helsingborg as well as VINNOVA, Sweden’s innovation agency (see here 1, and here 2). A knowledge overview will be presented publicly in December and published shortly thereafter. Read more here.
- Open data 1: method and making data available
This project ran between June 2012 to January 2013 by support from VINNOVA and was a collaboration between Media Evolution (project manager), the Chamber of Commerce in Southern Sweden, BTH Innovation and Lund University Internet Institute. The purpose was to identify methodological challenges in the open data process, read more here. Get the Report: Från Byråkrati till Innovation: En introduktion till att arbeta med öppna data
- Open data 2: Legal solutions for open data: During 2013 this LUii-project has dealt with legal solutions for open data – funded by VINNOVA. The project has had its main focus on legal research and thereby be able to provide concrete suggestions for practical legal solutions for making public administration data sources open. Led by Stefan Larsson and the project has been carried out in collaboration with Jonas Ledendal at the Department of Business Law at Lund University, and Joakim Lundblad at The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden. See more here.
- Open data 3: Legal handbook on open data: This project was funded by VINNOVA, led by Stefan Larsson, and included legal expert Jonas Ledendal and Joakim Lundblad, from December 2013 to the end of 2014. Read more here.
Innovation/research: Finja Five AB
Finja Five AB is partly owned by Lund University and it develops and manages computer solutions for school and home from the Child-Friendly-Computing (CFC) concept. Finja Five is teaming up with Ericsson, UNESCO, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Qualcomm Incorporated, and the external evaluator EduEval to support girls’ education in Myanmar (also known as Burma), by improving access to the internet, delivering teacher training and enabling students to experience a 21st century education. The program is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and some of the partners with approx. 80 million SEK (8,7 million EUR).
Trust in a Digital Context
- Digitrust: Together with Per Runeson, professor in Software engineering, Stefan Larsson lead an interdisciplinary research project on Trust in a digital context from Sep 2013 to June 2014. The project includes 10 senior researchers from five faculties at Lund University and is funded by the Pufendorf Institute. Read more on the project website The digital society. In June 2014 the group released a report on Digital Trust [pdf available].
- Advanced study group on the Digital Society: In March 2013 this cross-disciplinary study group (17 researcher from 6 disciplines) was reported, and it dealt with The Digital Society. It was hosted by Stefan Larsson and Per Runeson, professor in software engineering, 2012/2013. Funded by Pufendorf Institute. See REPORT – MEDIA COVERAGE – or MOVIES from the final seminar.
Digital consumption and indebtedness
- During 2015 and early 2016 a research project on digital consumption and over-indebtedness among young adults was led by Stefan Larsson, funded by the Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogden) with approx 1 mil sek. The research team include Hanna Carlsson, PhD in information Studies and Lupita Svensson, PhD in social work. Read more here. The report is found here.
- Indebtedness of young people in the digital society: project funded by Kronofogdemyndigheten (the Swedish Enforcement Authority), ran 2013-2014 and dealt with consumption and indebtedness in a digital context. Led by Stefan Larsson and including Hanna Carlsson, Fredrik Åström, the project was also affiliated to a research network on EconSec a sister department on WTS at Lund University.
Distributed measurement of ICT use
This is a project were JD Jonas Ledendal is the LUii part in a collaborative project with LUii, Acreo AB, Södertörn University and Info24 AB. The aim is to develop a system for measuring ICT use that is integrity-assured ‘by design’. Funded by VINNOVA. Read more here.
Head of LUii
stefan.larsson [at] wts.lu.se
Head of Research at LUii
mans.svensson [at] soclaw.lu.se