ERIC Number: ED231397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Planning Now for an Information Society. Tomorrow Is Too Late. Science Council of Canada Report 33.
Science Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Key issues and problems that Canadians may face during the transition to the information society are highlighted in this report, which is based on a larger study by the Science Council of Canada's Committee on Computers and Communication: Information and Canadian Society to identify areas of prime concern, to stimulate public debate, and to place recommendations before policy and decision makers. Stressing that computers, communications, and the widespread application of microelectronics are a transformative technology, the report first explores their possible effects on aspects of Canadian society, the economy, and industrial sectors. Observations are restricted to the immediate effects of the new technologies, with the focus on how and to what extent they will affect the goals and objectives for a range of institutions and industries in Canadian society. Then, the ways in which individual Canadians are and will be affected during the transition period and beyond are examined. The final section which addresses the need for policy in future networks, includes 27 recommendations and statements of concern directed toward governments, labor organizations, educational institutions, and professional, commercial, and industrial associations to alert them to facts, trends, and problems. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computers, Economic Development, Electronic Equipment, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Industry, Information Networks, Policy Formation, Social Change, Technological Advancement, Technology Transfer, Telecommunications
Canadian Government Publishing Centre, Supply and Services Canada, Hull, PQ Canada K1A 0S9 (SS22-1982/33E).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Science Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).