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date: 19 February 2020

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This article first reviews some widespread claims that associate ICTs with patterns of interaction, work, and communication that are said to be conducive to the structural arrangement of the network. In so doing, it seeks to lay bare and occasionally question a few key assumptions on which these claims are predicated. It endeavours to develop an alternative explanation of networks that is closely associated with the contemporary growth dynamics of information and the technologies which sustain and give it momentum. A key element of these dynamics is manifested in the increasing decomposability and mobility of a growing number of operations and resources that can thus be lifted out of particular contexts, and transferred, reshuffled, and recombined, often on a global scale. The article concludes by positioning an appreciation of these claims within the nexus of institutional relationships associated with current developments, and evaluating them critically.

Keywords: ICTs, networks, grow dynamics, resource mobility, institutional relationships, structural arrangement

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