n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Building the information society for us all

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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The following text illustrates neatly the broad spectrum of the late Christopher Freeman's vision on the way scientific and technological change, limited here to the so-called new information and communication technologies (ICTs) which were on the verge of impacting the global economy, would affect society. The paper written in 1995 explores how the information society (IS) was a society in the process of formation. Starting from the perspective of the IS as a "learning society" important issues of how education and training, who controls information, the role of telecommunications in expanding services and a host of other changes have been identified and explored. The challenges to the organisation of work, on the structure of the firm, and the impact on job creation and destruction are also discussed. Both the opportunities of expanding ICTs and the possible negative consequences on regional cohesion, the provision of health services, the media and culture, as well as democracy are also addressed.

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