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Information technology : social issues : a reader

Ruth Finnegan (Editor), Graeme Salaman (Editor), Kenneth Thompson (Editor)
Is there really an "information revolution"? What are the implications of information technology for our lives and social institutions? This text confronts these and other controversial questions, building on social scientific research to bring out social rather than purely technical implications.
Print Book, English, 1995
Hodder & Stoughton : The Open University Press, London, 1995
XII, 314 str. : graf. prikazi ; 24 cm.
9780340416693, 0340416696
Part 1 The shaping of information technology - determinism or choice?: the case for technological determinism; electronics takes command; models of computer literacy; value conflicts and social choice in electronic payment systems. Part 2 The shaping of information technology - some actors in the drama: defence and the electronics industry - civil exploitation of defence electronics; managerial strategies - new technology and the labour process; new technology and bank work - banking on IT as an organizational technology; telecommunication - policy directions for the technology and information services. Part 3 Some critical issues for the information age - control and power: surveillance, computers and privacy; dangers of information technology and responsibilities of education; information technology and the north-south divide; decision-making in the information age - computer models and public policy. Part 4 Some critical issues for the information age - access and participation: communication satellites - a third world perspective; the social economics of information technology; IT futures in households and communities. Part 5 The future of the human spirit - depersonalization or new development?: social psychological aspects of computer-mediated communication; computers and the human spirit; engineers and the work that people do; artificial intelligence.