Communication by design : the politics of information and communication technologies

edited by Robin Mansell and Roger Silverstone

The information revolution has been described as 'the biggest technological juggernaut that ever rolled' and every day we hear more about the Global Information Infrastructure. The information and communications technologies (ICTs) of the 1990s enable the electronic production and consumption of increasingly vast quantities of information. They affect business, consumer, education and leisure activity. The consequences of these changes are unpredictable and contradictory, raising issues for governments, business, organizations and individuals. This book gets to grips with recent developments and offers a new understanding of their likely effect. Because of the pervasive and quite unique characteristics of ICTs as a technology system, the authors argue that it is only through an interdisciplinary approach that we can fully grasp the implications and explore the uncertainties of the inter-relationship between the technical and the socio-economic. Moving from economics to sociology and political science in its study of information and communication, this book will be essential reading for all those in these disciplines concerned to understand the ICT challenge. Two central concepts of design and capability run through the book, and the authors apply them to developments from the micro (domestic) level to the macro (international) level. Based on work done in the major UK research programme PICT (the Programme on Information and Communication Technologies), the book is probing and reflective; its purpose is to provide tools of analysis rather than a catalogue of developments. Throughout the authors argue that the information age is about people, social organization, adaptation and control and not just technologies.

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  • Introduction
  • The Domestication of ICTs: Households, Families, and Technical Change
  • The Characteristics of Software and Systems Development Processes, Structures, and Agencies
  • Electronic Networking: Designing New Inter-firm Relationships
  • Designing Surveillance into the Public Switches Network
  • Standards and Communication Technologies: The Mediation of Institutions and Technical Complexity
  • Governance Institutions and ECT Regulatory and Trade Regimes
  • Conclusion

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書名 Communication by design : the politics of information and communication technologies
著作者等 Mansell, Robin
Silverstone, Roger
Mansell Robin E.
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 1996
ページ数 xiv, 278 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 019829400X
NCID BA27440416
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国