Parameters publishes scholarly articles addressing a set of complex, persistent questions at the heart of social science research: How does (and, ultimately, should) the production and distribution of knowledge change under digital conditions? How is it changing already? What do the interactions between academic institutions and the online world look like, and what new institutions and worlds are being created?

The forum, part of the Social Science Research Council’s Digital Culture program, is intended to address the question of “knowledge under digital conditions” across a variety of themes: from big data to small, from privacy to transparency, from access to sustainability. Articles about new methods in computational social science complement essays about new modes of scholarly publication.

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20 Sep 2018

Web archives have been used as evidence in court cases and in the court of public opinion—often to hold politicians and governments accountable for things they have said in the past.


5 Apr 2017

Current social science research and writing faces a number of possibilities that seem to be constrained by three major challenges. The first is the limits of the imagination; the second is knowing what kinds of data are now out there; and the third is having...

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