Governments, the media, the information technology industry and
scientists publicly argue that information and communication
technologies (ICT) will bring about an inevitable transition from
"industrial" to "information" or "knowledge-based" economies and
societies. It is assumed that all aspects of our economic and
social lives, in both the public and private spheres, will be
radically different from what they are today. The World Summit on
the Information Society (Geneva 2003 - Tunis 2005) shows the
importance of a worldwide reflection on those topics.
Perspectives and Policies on ICT in Society explores the ICT
policies of different nations and regions such as Africa, China,
Europe, and India. The authors assess the arguments surrounding the
impending new age, as well as some of the more sensitive issues of
its developments. This progress will signal an expansion of ICT in
many domains - the so-called ubiquity - such as in the workplace,
the home, government, and education and it will affect privacy and
professional ethics. The expansion will also encompass all parts of
the earth, particularly developing countries. Such growth must take
place in the context of historical dimensions and should underscore
the accountability of professionals in the field.
The intent of this book is to address these issues and to serve
as a handbook of IFIP's TC9 "Computers and Society" committee.
Thirty authors from twelve countries consider the ICT policies with
their associated perspectives and they explore what may be the
information age and the digital society of tomorrow. The book
provides reflection on today's complex society and addresses the
uncertain developments rising from an increasingly global and
technologically connected world.
Jacques Berleur is at the University of Namur, Belgium, and
Chrisanthi Avgerou at the London School of Economics, United
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