Information society and I Guide - Resources and Review

Provides news items about the ethical, legal and societal challenges brought about by new technologies. Offers information on national and international changes within the Information Society with four main themes, Privacy and Confidentiality, Content Regulation, Multilingualism, and Access to Public Domain Information.
European Commission initiative to support, promote and orient private and public action in the field of the information society. Facilitates contacts between potential partners, raises awareness and provides a forum for pooling solutions.
Aims at providing a tool for knowledge, communication, partnership and the promotion of best practice in the development of the Information Society. Involves an inventory of projects, the monitoring and regular analysis of new regulations, developing a collection of basic facts on Information Society developments and a permanent overview of public and private promotional actions and initiatives aimed at favouring the development of the Information Society.
Index to online resources classified by country in the fields of information policy, community networking, copyright and intellectual property and the information society.
Examines the potential impact of digital technologies on societies and economies, identifies areas where action is required to ensure that Scotland obtains maximum benefit from the technology, and suggests methods to speed progress in these areas. The report is presented as a PDF file.
Monthly bulletin providing details of information society developments relevant to the UK, along with short summaries of such advances throughout Europe and the world. News of appointments, Internet and print publications, and conferences and seminars are given, and each issue is available in PDF and Word format.
Information, tools, and resources addressing the digital divide resulting from developments in technology, literacy and learning, and economic development. The role of individuals and organisations in bridging the divide is emphasised, and articles and case studies relating to global government policy and initiatives in this area are given.
Set of links to news items about legal and regulatory aspects of Internet and the information society, particularly those relating to information content, market and technology. Covers topics such as computer crime, consumer protection, Internet access and use, and protection of minors.
Set of annotated links to online courses, course descriptions, tutorials, assignments, tests and other materials used in the teaching of sociology.
Conference paper (January 1999) which explores the nature of digital libraries as social institutions, and suggests an agenda for action for librarians and information science. It asserts that the future of libraries will be determined more by intellectual property policy than by technology, as it is not information per se that is valuable, but the modes of access and use of information by individuals and groups that create value; and these in turn are controlled by intellectual property policy.
Set of annotated links to online courses, course descriptions, tutorials, assignments, tests and other materials used in the teaching of telecommunications.
Report examining the potential of electronic delivery of government services, and proposing a strategy to achieve beneficial results. Argues that government electronic services must be user led, that there is a need to involve private and voluntary sectors, and that new structures are required to ensure the electronic transformation takes place. Report is presented in PDF or plain text formats.
A programme of the European Union's Fifth RTD Framework Programme, 1998
2002. Aims to develop the information society for Europe by accelerating its emergence and by ensuring that the needs of individuals and enterprises are met. Details of community funded research in information and communication technology are provided.
Attempts to measure the annual production of information content by storage media type. Coverage includes print resources, film, optical and magnetic storage, the Internet, and broadcast media. Estimates total production at around 250 megabytes for every human on earth, and argues that digital information accounts for the vast majority, with print documents only making up 0.003 percent of the total quantity produced. Concludes that better understanding and tools are required to make use of the ever
increasing supply of information, and to avoid total information overload.
Offers a variety of publications exploring the social aspects of computerisation (social informatics). Covers aspects of the digital economy, computers in the work place, and systems development. Additional information is provided by links to journals such as The Information Society, where contents, abstracts, and selected full text articles are available.
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