Digital Nation: Toward an Inclusive Information Society

Digital Nation: Toward an Inclusive Information Society

by Anthony G. Wilhelm
ISBN-10:
0262232383
ISBN-13:
9780262232388
Pub. Date:
09/03/2004
Publisher:
MIT Press

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Overview

Digital Nation: Toward an Inclusive Information Society

The long-term social benefits of building an inclusive information society: a national action plan.

As our social institutions migrate into cyberspace, the digitally disenfranchised face increasing hardships. What happens when—in search of quick and cheap fixes—a government office shuts down and is replaced by a public Web site? What happens when a company accepts only online job applications? Inevitably, those most in need of the services and opportunities offered are further marginalized. In Digital Nation, Tony Wilhelm shows us how to build a more inclusive information society, offering a plan that reaps the benefits offered by the new technology while avoiding the pitfalls of social exclusion. Technology, he tells us, isn't the problem—it's the use of technology that can empower or control, unite or divide; we need to recover the ideas of social justice and fairness that have been lost in the rush to make things faster and cheaper. In Wilhelm's vision of an inclusive digital nation, everyone can take advantage of the new technology. With everyone part of the information society, we can revolutionize the way we educate our citizens, deliver healthcare, and engage in productive work. The result will be increased efficiency and productivity that will lead to long-term savings of billions of dollars and an enhanced quality of life as technology expands choice and opportunity. We can begin to bring this about by expanding access to computers and making it easier to acquire digital literacy skills. To do nothing—to turn a blind eye to the promise of an inclusive technology—would cost us socially and economically. Digital Nation's call for action sets the terms for a new debate on bridging the digital divide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262232388
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/03/2004
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Anthony G. Wilhelm is Director of the Technology Opportunities Program of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

What People are Saying About This

Vinton G. Cerf

This a provocative, controversial, but thoughful book. A reader who doesn't agree with all of Wilhelm's positions can still find it an interesting and worthwhile read.

Endorsement

Anthony Wilhelm has written a public policy manifesto for the digital age. His book lays out the social and economic case for bridging the digital divide, along with the policies required to achieve universal inclusion in our emerging information societies. Digital Nation is essential reading for anyone seriously concerned about the societal implications of the Internet.

William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

From the Publisher

"Anthony Wilhelm has written a public policy manifesto for the digital age. His book lays out the social and economic case for bridging the digital divide, along with the policies required to achieve universal inclusion in our emerging information societies. Digital Nation is essential reading for anyone seriously concerned about the societal implications of the Internet." William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

William H. Dutton

Anthony Wilhelm has written a public policy manifesto for the digital age. His book lays out the social and economic case for bridging the digital divide, along with the policies required to achieve universal inclusion in our emerging information societies. Digital Nation is essential reading for anyone seriously concerned about the societal implications of the Internet.

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