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[liberationtech] Research on communication in ad hoc groups?

Yosem Companys companys at
Mon Sep 2 12:20:20 PDT 2013

Computer-mediated communication literature has been studying this since the

The field has its own journal:

Sociological approaches have studied how the choice to reply, cc or bcc
forms social networks:

On Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 6:48 AM, Michael Rogers <michael at>wrote:

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> Hi all,
> Does anyone on the list know of any research into the way people
> communicate in ad hoc groups? By an ad hoc group I mean a group formed
> for the duration of a particular communication, such as the list of
> people CCed in an email thread, as opposed to a group defined by a
> topic, such as a mailing list or IRC channel.
> I'm particularly interested in the way ad hoc groups evolve over time
> - - eg as people are added to and removed from CC lists - and the extent
> to which members of ad hoc groups also communicate with each other
> one-to-one.
> Thanks,
> Michael
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