Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
My dissertation investigates how alternative organizations such as cooperatives deal with changing market and societal conditions. This study zooms in to strategies pursued at the field level, such as federation. By "cooperating among cooperatives," organizations create second-order support infrastructure, which in turn shapes the organizational form of participating cooperatives and the relationships in the field.
Paul-Brian McInerney (Chair, UIC), William Bielby (UIC), Pamela Popielarz (UIC), Katherine Chen (CCNY), Elisabeth Clemens (UofC)
Carla Ilten (2015): "Use Your Skills to Solve this Challenge!": The platform affordances and politics of digital microvolunteering. Social Media + Society July-December 2015 1: 2056305115604175, first published on September 30, 2015 doi:10.1177/2056305115604175
(2012) Managing privacy through accountability. With Daniel Guagnin, Leon Hempel, Carla Ilten, Inga Kroener, Daniel Neyland, and Hector Postigo (eds.). Houndmills, Basingstoke; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
This edited volume is the result of the EU funded research project Privacy Awareness through Security Organization Branding (2010-2012) and our conference "Privacy and Accountability" held in Berlin, Germany, in April 2011.
(2009) Strategisches und Soziales Nischenmanagement. Zur Analyse gesellschaftspolitisch motivierter Innovation. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (Springer)
This book is my diploma thesis. It builds on the Constructive Technology Assessment approach of "Strategic Niche Management" to analyze innovation driven strategically by civil society actors. The case study of a Chicago non-profit organization engaged in building Wireless Community Networks is used to adapt the analytical tool for grassroots actors.
(2013) Communicating Privacy in Organisations. Catharsis and Change in the Case of the Deutsche Bahn With Daniel Guagnin and Leon Hempel. In: Gutwirth, S.; Leenes, R.; De Hert, P.; Poullet, Y. (Eds.): European Data Protection: Coming of Age. Springer.
This chapter, which we presented at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in 2012, is an analysis of the fundamental transformation of the Deutsche Bahn corporation (DB) with regard to privacy and data protection policy and implementation. We argue that the scandal-afflicted organisation has started approaching data protection implementation as a problem of communication and negotiation.
(2012) Bridging the Gap: We need to get together. With Daniel Guagnin and Leon Hempel. In Managing privacy through accountability, edited by Daniel Guagnin, Leon Hempel, Carla Ilten, Inga Kroener, Daniel Neyland, and Hector Postigo, 102–124. Houndmills, Basingstoke; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
This chapter provides an analysis of and a concept for organizational communication about privacy and data protection.
(2012) Privacy Self-Regulation through Awareness? With Daniel Guagnin and Leon Hempel. In: Gutwirth, S.; Leenes, R.; De Hert, P.; Poullet, Y. (Eds.): European Data Protection: In Good Health? Springer.
A critical investigation into the market structure of the security field. It was first presented at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in 2011.
(2011) Self-Governed Socio-technical Infrastructures. Autonomy and Cooperation through Free Software and Community Wireless Networks. With Daniel Guagnin. In: Cerrillo-i-Martínez, A., Peguera, M., Peña-López, I. & Vilasau Solana, M. (coords.) : Net Neutrality and other challenges for the future of the Internet (PDF, 9,6 MB). Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 11-12 July, 2011. Barcelona: UOC-Huygens
In this paper, Daniel and I discuss Free Software and Community Wireless Networks to argue that decentralized, self-governed socio-technical infrastructures foster Net Neutrality. We presented our analysis at the 7th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics (topic: Net Neutrality) in Barcelona in July 2011.
Carla Ilten (2015): Watching the Culture Industry at work: Superbowl commercials as cultural products. Class Activity published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.
Carla Ilten (October 16, 2014): Thoughts on Peer Economy Platforms: A New Iron Cage? Culture Digitally, blog supported by NSF award no. 1026523