High Technology and Low-Income Communities: Prospects for the Positive Use of Advanced Information Technology

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How will low-income communities be affected by the waves of social, economic,political, and cultural change that surround the new information technologies? How can we influence the outcome? This action-oriented book identifies the key issues, explores the evidence, and suggests some answers. Avoiding both utopianism and despair, the book presents the voices of technology enthusiasts and skeptics, as well as social activists.The book is organized into three parts. Part I examines the issues in their ...

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Overview

How will low-income communities be affected by the waves of social, economic,political, and cultural change that surround the new information technologies? How can we influence the outcome? This action-oriented book identifies the key issues, explores the evidence, and suggests some answers. Avoiding both utopianism and despair, the book presents the voices of technology enthusiasts and skeptics, as well as social activists.The book is organized into three parts. Part I examines the issues in their socio-technical, economic, and historical contexts. PartII—the core of the book—proposes five initiatives for using computers and electronic communications to benefit low-income urban communities:- to provide access to the new technologies in ways that enable low-income people to become active producers rather than passive users;- to use the new technologies to improve the dialogue between public agencies and low-income neighborhoods;-to help low-income youth to exploit the entrepreneurial potential of information technologies;- to develop approaches to education that take advantage of the educational capabilities of the computer;- to promote the community computer: applications of computers and communications technology that foster community development.Part III presents a synthesis of the various topics.

Its main questions are, What are the prospects and problems of initiatives to enable the poor to benefit from the new technologies? and What federal, state, and municipal policies would enhance the prospects for success? Contributors : Alice Amsden, Jeanne Bamberger, Anne Beamish, Manuel Castells,Joseph Ferreira, Peter Hall, Leo Marx, William J. Mitchell, Mitchel Resnick, Bish Sanyal, Donald A.

Schön, Alan and Michelle Shaw, Michael Shiffer, Bruno Tardieu, Sherry Turkle, JulianWolpert

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262691994
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Bishwapriya Sanyal is Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning atMIT.

William J. Mitchell was the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr., Professor of Architecture and MediaArts and Sciences and directed the Smart Cities research group at MIT's Media Lab. He authored many books, including The World's Greatest Architect (2008) and PlacingWords: Symbols, Space, and the City (2005), both published by the MIT Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Setting the Context
1 The Informational City Is a Dual City: Can It Be Reversed? 25
2 Changing Geographies: Technology and Income 43
3 Center Cities as Havens and Traps for Low-Income Communities: The Potential Impact of Advanced Information Technology 69
4 The City of Bits Hypothesis 105
5 Information Technology in Historical Perspective 131
Pt. II Strategies of Action
6 Equitable Access to the Online World 151
7 Information Technologies that Change Relationships between Low-Income Communities and the Public, and Nonprofit Agencies that Serve Them 163
8 Planning Support Systems for Low-Income Communities 191
9 Software Entrepreneurship among the Urban Poor: Could Bill Gates Have Succeeded if He Were Black? ... Or Impoverished? 213
10 Action Knowledge and Symbolic Knowledge: The Computer as Mediator 235
11 The Computer Clubhouse: Technological Fluency in the Inner City 263
12 Computer as Community Memory: How People in Very Poor Neighborhoods Made a Computer Their Own 287
13 Social Empowerment through Community Networks 315
14 Commodity and Community in Personal Computing 337
15 Approaches to Community Computing: Bringing Technology to Low-Income Groups 349
Pt. III Conclusions
16 Information Technology and Urban Poverty: The Role of Public Policy 371
Index 395
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