ERIC Number: ED382821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Access to Information: To Have and Have Not. Trends and Issues Alerts.
Development of the information "superhighway" has spawned a number of political, economic, and educational issues and has raised concerns that information inequities are increasing the polarization of society. Among the economic and political issues/concerns that have been raised are the following: whether information is a commodity or a public resource; whether commercial providers can be relied on to extend services to high-cost or remote areas; whether technology will facilitate or deter development of a direct participatory democracy; and what constitutes basic information rights and how those rights should be distributed. In the area of education, the information revolution and creation of the information superhighway have necessitated redefinition of the concept of literacy. Also needed are adult and career education and training conducted using up-to-date equipment, lifelong training to keep up with rapid technological change, information literacy programs for adult basic education and homeless learners, and programs to reduce computer anxiety. (An annotated list of 28 print resources dealing with political, economic, and educational aspects of the issue of access to information is included.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers: Social Impact