ERIC Number: ED433009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Net Result: Social Inclusion in the Information Society. Report of the National Working Party on Social Inclusion in the Information Society.
Community Development Foundation, London (England).; IBM, London (England).
In 1995, IBM United Kingdom, in collaboration with the Community Development Foundation, set up the National Working Party on Social Inclusion in the Information Society (INSINC) to examine the impact of new information technology on local communities and the potential for greater social inclusion within the information society. This INSINC report is based on the belief that a socially inclusive information society is desirable, that there is a role for social policy in influencing its development, and that ensuring a socially inclusive information society will require investment, particularly in the mechanisms by which people gain access to equipment and to the information highway. The report addresses how a socially inclusive information society be brought about, what will it look like, and the implications for communities and community organizations. Findings and recommendations are discussed in the following areas: the information society; the social context; information and communication for social inclusion; access to information and communication channels; community networks, resource centers, and partnership; issues of social inclusion; and social inclusion in the information society. Appendices include a glossary, description of initiatives of IBM United Kingdom and the Community Development Foundation, and biographies of INSINC members. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Community Development, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Information Technology, Policy Formation, Social Change, Social Influences, Social Integration, Telecommunications
Community Programmes Manager, Corporate Affairs, IBM United Kingdom Limited, 76-78 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PZ, England, United Kingdom; Web site: http://www-5.ibm.com/uk/community/uk117.html
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community Development Foundation, London (England).; IBM, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom