Social Dimensions Of Information Technology / Edition 1

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This anthology brings together multiple viewpoints on the social dimensions of the revolution in information technology. The chapters cover social, political, educational, personal, and international dimensions of information technology impacts. Each chapter focuses on different aspects of the effects of computing and the new information technologies that have accelerated every area of human life.Social Dimensions of Information Technology: Issues for the New Millennium raises important issues with profound implications for public policy and societal development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878289865
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I. The Social Dimension of Information Technology 5
Chapter 1. Virtual Communities and Social Capital 6
Chapter 2. Human Capital Issues and Information Technology 23
Chapter 3. The Progress of the Internet 37
Chapter 4. The Co-Evolution of Society and Multimedia Technology 46
II. The Political Dimension of Information Technology 63
Chapter 5. The World Wide Web and Local Media in the 1996 Presidential Election 64
Chapter 6. Electronic Communities: Assessing Equality of Access 86
Chapter 7. Ethics, Law, and Information Technology: The Transformative Role of Rhetoric 109
Chapter 8. Creating a Democratic Public Sphere through Political Discussion 121
III. The Educational Dimension of Information Technology 140
Chapter 9. Changing Roles in Information Dissemination and Education 141
Chapter 10. Technological Change, Virtual Learning, and Higher Education: Prospects, Problems, Potentials 160
Chapter 11. The Role of Information Technology in Quality Education 177
Chapter 12. The Paradox of Paperless Classes 198
IV. The Personal Dimension of Information Technology 212
Chapter 13. Personal Computers, Mass Media, and Other Uses of Free Time 213
Chapter 14. Manufacturing Knowledge: Technology, Culture, and Social Inequality at Work 236
Chapter 15. Researching Telework: Past Concerns and Future Directions 255
V. The International Dimension of Information Technology 277
Chapter 16. The Information Age: Apartheid, Cultural Imperialism, or Global Village? 278
Chapter 17. Networking for Sustainable Development: Innovative Approaches Outside the "Global Village" 291
Chapter 18. Information In and On Africa: Past, Present, and Future 301
Chapter 19. World Information Flows and the Impact of New Technology 323
Chapter 20. International Network for Integrated Social Science 340
Author Bios 357
Index 361
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