ERIC Number: ED434674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
People in a Technology Driven Future: On the Social Relations of New Information Technologies.
Ngwenyama, Ojelanki K.
This keynote address examines the social relations of information technology in the future. Examples of the recent history of technology related to transportation, printing, and nuclear energy are presented. Some troubling examples of the social relations of new information technologies that are emerging on a global scale are then discussed, including inequality in access to the global telephone system and computers. It is argued that modern telephone and transportation systems are contributing to the demise of urban life and precipitating the emergence of exploitative international labor practices. Examples of the implications of teleworking and electronic marketing are offered. The importance of reaching out to the technologically illiterate and educating them about new technologies is emphasized. (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Developing Nations, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Information Technology, Labor, Science and Society, Technological Literacy, Telecommunications, Teleworking
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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