Theorising Web 3.0: ICTs in a changing society

David Kreps (Salford Business School, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Kai Kimppa (Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Turku, Finland)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Publication date: 2 November 2015



The purpose of this paper is to analyse the broad phases of web development: the read-only Web 1.0, the read-write Web 2.0, and the collaborative and Internet of Things Web 3.0, are examined for the theoretical lenses through which they have been understood and critiqued.


This is a conceptual piece, in the tradition of drawing on theorising from outside the Information Systems field, to shed light on developments in information communication technologies (ICTs).


Along with a summary of approaches to Webs 1.0 and 2.0, the authors contend that a more complex and poststructuralist theoretical approach to the notion of, and the phenomenon of Web 3.0, offers a more interesting and appropriate theoretical grounding for understanding its particularities.


The discussion presages five further papers engaged with ICTs in a changing society, each of which similarly addresses novel theoretical understandings.



David Kreps and Kai Kimppa (2015) "Theorising Web 3.0: ICTs in a changing society", Information Technology & People, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp. 726-741

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