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Information Technology and Society A Reader by Nick Heap

Information Technology and Society A Reader

Part of the Published in Association with The Open University Series


Information Technology and Society A Reader by Nick Heap

The social, political and technological implications of the information revolution are the focus of this textbook. It explores the major social and technological issues surrounding the introduction of information technology (IT) into everyday life; presents historical and comparative perspectives on the social and technological processes involved in the uses of, control of and access to IT; and critically examines the assumptions underpinning technological development. Divided into five sections, each with a detailed introduction, the book provides a comprehensive overview of information technology, and its implications for all of us. Contributors place the debates around IT in an international context, illustrating the importance of social values as well as government policy. Information Technology and Society is a Course Reader for the new Open University Course THD204 Information Technology and Society.


`Compiled with care.... One aspect of information technology which is growing fast... is electronic mail. Professor Palme has been working on computer-mediated-communication since 1977 and is well qualified to write on the subject of e-mail which he does concisely and with clarity' - Intermedia

`Providing a complete overview of the issues that inform any discussion about the impact of information technology, this book is an invaluable resource for teaching and research' - Current Literature on Science of Science

About the Author

Dr Hugh Mackay is an Honorary Associate of the Faculty of Sociology at Open University

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Publication date

19th December 1994


Nick Heap

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SAGE Publications Ltd


448 pages


Ethical & social aspects of IT
Sociology & anthropology



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