"The ignorance of how to use new knowledge stockpiles exponentially" - Marshall McLuhan - 1911-1980

Web Science, Netspace, Internet:
Principles for Research and Studies


  • TCFIR was formed to help shape the new disciplines of "Internet Research," "Web Science," "Netspace studies." It is based in collaborative technologies therefore allowing "distance" based associations and projects. Those that disparage this raise false arguments and are not leveraging the capabilities of the Internet in their thinking.
  • TCFIR has no commercial agenda or purpose. To that end, we support any and all activities that embrace the level of scholarship required. This includes organizations such as AOIR, Web Science Trust, IxDa, IAI, SciP, ACM, EFF, NACOL, Monterey Institute, and IEEE to mention only a few.
  • TCFIR embraces "open access" to scholarly works and will endeavor to publish accordingly.  We challenge the elitism of "peer review", the inherent social control, and stratification it fosters. We are open to suggestions for an alternate system. 
  • TCFIR believes that the "Internet" and "Netspace" are separable but reflexive and for the purpose of scholarship must be operationally defined.
  • TCFIR believes that Internet scholarship should embrace the full spectrum digital technologies that assist communications. To do otherwise reflects a deeper misunderstanding or ignorance of the subjects themselves.
  • TCFIR believes that rigorous Internet, Web Science, and Netspace scholarship is occurring in both academic and non-academic domains and that "authority" is not the privilege of either.
  • TCFIR believes that in the spirit of cross-disciplinary communications it is basic to develop the appropriate cognitive frameworks to support the various disciplinarities and level of collaboration.
  • TCFIR believes that in defining the application of the various disciplinarities and perspectives it is essential to explicitly define the levels of collaboration and cross methodologies.
  • TCFIR believes that rules of discourse should be explicitly defined and not subject to social custom or tacit understanding.
  • TCFIR believes scientific communications should not be closed to dispute and public examination of those disputes. 
  • TCFIR believes in attacking the message not the messenger.
  • TCFIR believes that all attempts to communicate should not be academically dense and pretentious. This will enable the body of stakeholders to be received as credible, understandable, and accountable.
  •  We should make all attempts possible to embrace the deep learning of the various disciplinarities, while at the same time encouraging them to seek a broader base of scientific solutions and schema.
  • TCFIR believes that defense of the status quo reflects on the defender more than the challenger. 
  • TCFIR believes that disciplinarities investigating in parallel does nothing to lead towards establishing a unique field of investigation.
  • TCFIR believes that all methodologies should be scholarly and rigorous, be they quantitative or qualitative.
  • TCFIR believes in trans-disciplinarity as an "ideal" of scholarship.



  • "The Production Of Knowledge" by Gibbons et al
  • "Disciplinary differences and University Teaching" by Ruth Neumann
  • "Multidisciplinary Working Group" by Martin Schoonen
  • "Cross Talking" by Jeanette D. Hoit
  • "Hypercomplexity and Digital Media Studies" by Jeff Rutenbeck
  • "The Hyper Complex Society" by Lars Qvortrup