ERIC Number: ED288791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-5
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Democratic Citizenship and Information Technology: Promises, Challenges, and Remedies.
White, Charles S.
This paper examines the relationship between democratic citizenship and information technology. Modern information technology disputes the idea that citizens can be properly educated to assume the burdens necessary to reap the blessing of freedom. Information technologies challenge the ability of citizens to fulfill the fundamental requirement of democracy: informed participation. In considering how to meet the challenges of information technology, the issues of information processing, contextual knowledge, and selectivity must be addressed. Each is reflected in a number of proposed remedies. Intelligent information system interfaces will serve to reduce the "cost" of citizen information processing by structuring the citizen's investigative work. Students must receive explicit training in information-processing skills. For effective and efficient information retrieval and processing, citizens must possess fundamental contextual knowledge of history and government. Through careful and thoughtful design of both technology and instruction, we can reduce the cost of becoming informed citizens and enhance the effectiveness of citizen participation. (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Information Science (50th, Boston, MA, October 5, 1987).