New technologies and employment: Highlights of an ongoing Debate
Society is currently undergoing significant economic and social changes. New technologies are often blamed for many of the disturbing effects of these changes and in particular unemployment. This is in itself, not a new phenomenon. The introduction of new technologies and in particular their massive diffusion has usually thoroughly changed the organization of production, the organization of work, the social relations and often the organization of political institutions. Information and telecommunication technologies are the new dominant forces of change of many social, economic and cultural processes. The main characteristic is that it is radically changing the way how people communicate over time and space. This is affecting not only the organization of work, where it will take place and the skills which are necessary. Using these technologies people are redefining leisure and the form and place of consumption. The movement of physical goods is being changed. Last but not least knowledge is increasingly mobile. This paper tries to highlight how work and thus (un)employment is being affected by the most dominant technological trajectories of today. Since the issue has been extensively researched in recent years the paper mainly tries to highlight the most interesting views on the subject which suggest new avenues for policy development.
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Record Number: 199611451 / Last updated on: 1996-12-16
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