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Abstract

The complex relationship between new information technologies, power and participation is one of the critical elements of the secular process towards an 'information society'. Will the European societies be able to master the new information technologies in order to improve their industrial capacity and strengthen at the same time individual freedom, creativity and social and political cohesion? Such vital questions have been explored by a research project and an important international conference (Copenhagen, 1981) in the framework of the FAST programme of the Commission of the European Communities. The book contains a selection of papers resulting from this work. The introduction of the book summarizes conference and project results and sets the scene for the subsequent discussion. A number of papers follow providing a comprehensive analysis of the subjects including aspects like: the role of trade unions and industrial democracy, the impact and regulation of new media, new opportunities for participation opened by information technology, changes in power structures in society, the role of software development, competition and the limiting of options, etc. The concluding chapter points to the vital need for an early understanding of the consequences of information technology and suggests a combined strategy of forecasting, research and social experiments. A set of concrete recommendations for further work in this field including detailed suggestions for three social experiments is presented.

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Authors: GREWLICH K W AUSWAERTIGES AMT, BONN (GERMANY) PEDERSEN F H JENS BISBALLE PLANLAEGNING, ROSKILDE (DENMARK) , AUSWAERTIGES AMT, BONN (GERMANY);JENS BISBALLE PLANLAEGNING, ROSKILDE (DENMARK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 8548 EN (1984) FS, 289 P., BFR 800, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
Availability: Can be ordered online
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