Follow the trail
The following aspects of the Information Society:
- Promoting the Internet.
- Access for All/The Digital Divide, Research on the effects.
- Internet freedom, political issues.
- Voluntary and community sector IT use - take-up and possibilities, including UK Online centres.
- Digital Futures - review and discussion of sector IT issues.
- For ways of getting onto the web, go to Web Services.
- You may also find Computer Services, or local facilities referenced on the Local Contacts page, useful.
- Web Site Acccessibility for how to avoid exclusion by design.
See Voluntary Sector and IT page for initiatives directly involved voluntary organisations. UK Online Centres developments are also given there.
In Scotland, the Scottish Executive's Digital Scotland initiative seems to have run its course (Jan 06). It aimed to ensure that Scotland obtains and retains maximum economic and social advantage from information and communication technologies.
Citizens Online A charity "exploring the social and cultural impact of the Internet". Also a source of internet statistics.
European Commission Information Society (legal) links.
The social effects of the the internet is the subject of a variety of research.
- Get IT Together (BT with various voluntary sector partners) promotes digital inclusion amongst disadvantaged communities across the UK.
was a project of the Work
Foundation, now closed, looking at '"the
impact of ICT in the UK", particularly in relation to everyday
- Digital Futures (direct link dead). A major report published
by Forum for the Future,
plus a book (Earthscan, ISBN 1 85383 789 X, £19-99, March 01).
Looks at the interaction between e-commerce and wider internet use
against sustainable economic development. See our review
- The Virtual Society?
programme coordinates studies being done across 25 British, 2 foreign
universities. Various papers, and as at June 00, slide show of Defining
the Digital Divide presentation to Citizens Online, 23/5/00
- See also Inclusion in the Information Society - The Distinctive
Role of E-Gateways on the Voluntary
Sector and internet page
- See also Inclusion in the Information Society - The Distinctive Role of E-Gateways on the Voluntary Sector and internet page
- Foundation for Information Policy Research is 'an independent body that studies the interaction between information technology and society. Our goal is to identify technical developments with significant social impact, commission research into public policy alternatives, and promote public understanding and dialogue between technologists and policy-makers in the UK and Europe.'
- Communication Rights in the Information
Society International campaign sponsored
by a groups of NGOs.
- Information Technology, Globalization and Social Development
is the title of a paper given to a 1998 UN conference by Manual Castells
(Professor of Sociology plus City & Regional Planning, at Berkeley)
- find it via UNRISD
section on Information Technologies and Social Development. A fairly
readable summary from this leading commentator, who has also written
detailed books (key one is The Information Age: Economy, Society
- Oneworld is a partner in the Digital
- Simputer (link problem Nov 2013) The 'simple
computer' project aims to supply low cost PCs which avoids the third
world illiteracy barrier.
- UNITeS is the UN Information Technology Service, which aims to create a global volunteer programme to bridge the digital divide between the industrialized and the developing world.
Electronic Privacy Information Center For once a US based website which understands what 'international' means!