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Information society: networks, collective action and the role of institutions

Fitzsimons, V.G. (2006) Information society: networks, collective action and the role of institutions. International Journal of Humanities, 3 (6). pp. 19-32. ISSN 1447-9508

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    Abstract

    The knowledge economy and knowledge society depend on the development of networks of communications in
    terms of both physical possibilities of national and international infrastructure, and the inclination of individuals to participate
    in these. The rapid spread of such technical capacity, and the rise of wireless methods of communications enables
    many countries that might previously have been prevented from developing such an infrastructure to rapidly develop capacity.
    This physical development has reduced the costs of communications and consequently information, as well as the freedom
    to communicate internationally and, implicitly, inter-culturally. It is also recognised, however, that a range of social and
    economic factors influence the attitudes of individuals towards such communication, and also the possibilities of collective
    action both within and across nations, depending on the economic and social costs and 'payoffs' of such activities. The
    growth of low-cost information provision and low-cost international communications using the internet has raised the potential
    benefits of such facilities so that it is changing much of the nature of economic interaction in modern, as well as
    more traditional societies. Whether or not it will demonstrate a similar significance for the development of and information
    society remains to be seen, but parallels can be drawn between such changes and the existing analysis of networks, organisations
    and political 'collective action' from the grass roots level. Networks form a significant complement to the existing
    media that are also seizing on the potential of this modern technology, and constitute a source of general, or more specifically
    valuable information to individuals in society

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    Additional Information: © 2005/2006 (this paper), the author(s) © 2005/2006 (selection and editorial matter) Common Ground
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Institutions, Networks, Information Society
    Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
    H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Schools: The Business School
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    Date Deposited: 07 May 2008 16:24
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