The Information Society Reader

Author: Frank Webster
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415319277
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Computers

There has been much debate over the idea of 'the information society'. Some thinkers have argued that information is becoming the key ordering principle in society, whereas others suggest that the rise of information has been overstated. Whatever the case, it cannot be denied that 'informization' has produced vast changes in advanced societies. The Information Society Reader pulls together the main contributions to this debate from some of the key figures in the field. Major topics addressed include: * post-industrialism * surveillance * transformations * the network society * democracy * digital divisions * virtual relations. With a comprehensive introduction from Frank Webster, selections from Manuel Castells, Anthony Giddens, Michel Foucault and Christopher Lasch amongst others, and section introductions contextualising the readings, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and academics studying contemporary society and all things cyber.

Theories of the Information Society

Author: Frank Webster
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415282017
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Political Science

Popular opinion suggests that information has become a distinguishing feature of the modern world. Where once economies were built on industry and conquest, we are now instead said to be part of a global information economy. In the first edition of "Theories of the Information Society" Frank Webster set out to make sense of the information explosion, taking a sceptical look at what thinkers mean when they refer to the information society and critically examining all the post-war theories and approaches to informational development.

The Information Society

Author: Robert Hassan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745655284
Release Date: 2013-04-25
Genre: Computers

What are we to make of the information society? Many prominent theorists have argued it to be the most profound and comprehensive transformation of economy, culture and politics since the rise of the industrial way of life in the 18th century. Some saw its arrival in a positive light, where the dreams of democracy, of ‘connectivity’ and ‘efficiency’ constituted a break with the old ways. But other thinkers viewed it more in terms of the recurrent nightmare of capitalism, where the processes of exploitation, commodification and alienation are given much freer rein than ever before. In this book Robert Hassan, a prominent theorist in new media and its effects, analyses and critically appraises these positions and forms them into a coherent narrative to illuminate the phenomenon. Surveying the works of major information society theorists from Daniel Bell to Nicholas Negroponte, and from Vincent Mosco to Manuel Castells, The Information Society is an invaluable resource for understanding the nature of the information society—as well as the meta-processes of neoliberal globalisation and the revolution in information technologies that made it possible.

The Deepening Divide

Author: Jan A. G. M. van Dijk
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 141290403X
Release Date: 2005-02-15
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Deepening Divide: Inequality in the Information Society explains why the digital divide is still widening and, in advanced high-tech societies, deepening. Taken from an international perspective, the book offers full coverage of the literature and research and a theoretical framework from which to analyze and approach the issue. Where most books on the digital divide only describe and analyze the issue, Jan van Dijk presents 26 policy perspectives and instruments designed to close the divide itself.

Investigating the Information Society

Author: Hugh Mackay
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415268311
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This text introduces students to the major debtes and data on the information society. It explores three core themes: the transformation of culture through the information revolution, changing patterns of work and employment and the reconfiguration of time and space in everyday life.

The Information Society

Author: Armand Mattelart
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761949488
Release Date: 2003-04-03
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Mattelart unpacks the notion of the information society, and examines why it has become the dominant paradigm for social change. He also asks why the notion has come to be dominant in the absence of any critical examination of the conditions under which it has been produced.

The Information Society and the Welfare State

Author: Manuel Castells
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199256993
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Business & Economics

The Mobile Valley - Innovation About Innovating - The Welfare of the Nation - The Local Information Society - The Power of Identity - The Finnish Model of the Information Society.

Key Thinkers for the Information Society

Author: Christopher May
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415296722
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Philosophy

Key Thinkers for the Information Society provides an introduction to some important social theorists whose work has considerable relevance to today's 'brave new world' of information and communication technologies. With the aim of widening current perspectives on the information society, each contributor introduces a particular theorist and discusses the way in which their insights can be reintroduced into debates regarding the social, political and cultural impact of ICTs. Theorists presented in Volume 1 include some well-known and some less well-known figures: Walter Benjamin; Murray Edeleman; Jacques Ellul; Harold Innes; Lewis Mumford; Karl Polanyi; Eric Elmer Scattachneider and Raymond Williams. Each has something fresh and pertinent to say and taken as a whole this volume provides an exciting new resource for contemporary studies.

Towards the Information Society

Author: G. Banse
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540416439
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Computers

Information and knowledge play an increasingly important role in the implementation of public policies, in particular those of the Central and Eastern European Countries. In the context of conducting research on the consequences of scientific and technological advance, the Europäische Akademie Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler (Germany) and the Academy of Science of The Czech Republic organised a conference on the relation between "Democracy, Participation and Technology Assessment". The workshop provided an overview of the status and perspec- tives of Technology Assessment (TA) in the individual coun- tries of Central and Eastern Europe. It also showed the com- plexity of creation of space for TA type activities in indi- vidual countries - for independent activity of both experts and the public based on individual responsibility. The book consists of the final version of the presented papers and new contributions initiated by the workshop. Moreover, the authors reflect the ideas and incentives sounded in the dis- cussions. The book is addressed to researchers in the fields of social science, humanities, information technology and technology assessment in particular. It may be also be of interest to policy-makers and the wider public concerned with information society.

Children in the Information Society

Author: Juha Suoranta
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 0820468290
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Social Science

Finland is known worldwide as a laboratory of the information society. The Finnish model combines information technology know-how with welfare state structures where equality seems to prevail. Can we take this picture at face value, or is it too optimistic? In this book we approach the case of Finland from children's perspectives by exploring what ICTs (information and communication technology) and media they use, how they use them, and what their thoughts are concerning this use? How does media become a part of children's everyday lives? The book is based on a nationally representative child survey supplemented by interviews where eight- to ten-year old Finnish children have been the key informants.

European Modernism and the Information Society

Author: W. Boyd Rayward
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 0754649288
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Social Science

Uniting a team of international and interdisciplinary scholars, this volume considers the views of early twentieth-century European thinkers on the creation, dissemination and management of publicly available information. European Modernism and the Information Society will interest all who are curious about the creation of a modern networked information society.

Internet Governance and the Information Society

Author: Wolfgang Benedek
Publisher: Eleven International Publishing
ISBN: 9789077596562
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Law

The legal, social, and economic implications of the information society permeate every fiber of public life in the real world, influencing politics and policies and testing the limits of traditional notions of law, concepts of regulations, and systems of governance. Uniting an impressive array of authors, this book broaches the challenges of internet governance in the information society. Renowned scholars and practitioners â?? from, among others, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, academia, and business â?? shed light on both the global perspectives and the European dimensions of internet governance. The book brings together presentations delivered at two workshops organized at the University of Graz as part of a project studying the role of multi-stakeholder participation for the implementation of human rights approaches in a connected world. It identifies 2010 as the year where fundamental decisions on the future of the internet as we know it will be reached. The contributions describe the challenges ahead and the road to travel by. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of internet governance.

Public Administration in the Information Society

Author: Miriam Lips
Publisher: IOS Press
ISBN: 1586035975
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Political Science

A collection of eleven essays and one editorial that are grouped topically under: risk and trust; information management and privacy; information, innovation, and risk; and risk to Internet governance.

Architects of the Information Society

Author: Simson Garfinkel
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262071967
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Architecture

This book, published in celebration of the 35th anniversary of MIT's LCS, chronicles its history, achievements, and continued importance to computer science.