I've been taking time out to reflect on how the 'Information Society' is changing, the changing ways in which it's impacting on the wider world, the ways in which it interacts with other global challenges.
Some people view the future with excitement. Others look on it in trepidation. That’s especially so as we accelerate towards a digital society.
Twenty years ago, the internet was expected to advance the causes of democracy and human rights. But is it turning out that way? The world today is less liberal than it was back then. What’s happening?
Some thoughts this week on some of the names we've given phenomena in the world of ICTs - and whether what we mean by the biggest term of all (the 'Information Society') is changing or should change.
What has changed since the early days of the internet? David Souter returns with four thoughts which seem important when looking forward.
Too much debate about the Information Society is binary. To advocates, anything digital looks good. Others are spooked by impacts that are uncontrolled and unbenign. If we’re serious, we need to be more nuanced. Some reflection on this where social media’s concerned this week; next week, the Internet’s impact on politics.
Last week I wrote about the need to shape our thinking on the Internet around its future rather than its past. This week I’m asking what that means for how we think about security.
It’s time for ‘Inside the Information Society’ to resume after its Northern-summer/Southern-winter break. There’s no shortage of issues. I’ll start this week by asking if/how we should rethink the Information Society?