ERIC Number: ED102978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Social Implications of Computer/Telecommunications Systems.
Parker, Edwin B.; Porat, Marc
The economic crisis of the mid-1970's is a symptom of a major social transition caused by the shift of the major industrial societies to postindustrial societies. The postindustrial society is one in which the dominant labor activity is information processing rather than industrial production. This shift has great significance for the resolution of social problems of society, particularly in the economic sector. The information based society is a more efficient user of energy and resources; furthermore the information industry itself is not an intensive user of energy and resources. This shift also requires the re-examination of key areas of economic policy problems such as productivity, natural resource constraints, information, international interdependence, and social issues (such as the distribution of information technology, privacy, property rights in information, and the use of leisure time). Computer telecommunication technology will impact a variety of applications areas of concern to governments: education, funds transfer, trade, consumer information, public administration, teleconferencing, and health services. In turn the structural change will require consideration of questions in relationship to research and policy analysis, economic infrastructure, research and development, network intercommunication, and right to access. (JY/SK)
Descriptors: Administration, Computer Science, Copyrights, Developing Nations, Economic Research, Futures (of Society), Industrial Personnel, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Information Scientists, Information Systems, Information Theory, Institutions, International Relations, Leisure Time, Productivity, Service Occupations, Social Change, Social Problems, Socioeconomic Influences, State of the Art Reviews, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Communication Research.