Internet and Society – Social Theory in the Information Age


The  study on  Internet and  Society undertaken here  takes place within a  larger  framework
that  has  during  the  last  years  been  labeled with  categories  like  Internet  research,  ICTs  and
society, social  informatics,  informatics and society, new media research,  information society
theory, information society research/studies, Internet studies, Web research, etc.

The  research  field  of  ICT&S  deals  with  the  interplay  of  new  information  and communication  technologies  (ICTs)  and  society.  Two  interconnected  aspects  of  ICT&S research are:

•  The social shaping/social design of ICTs.
•  The impacts of ICT usage on society.

The  task  is  the analysis of  these relationships and  the contribution  to  the design of society and  ICTs so  that a participatory knowledge society can emerge.  ICT&S  research deals with opportunities  and  risks  of  the  knowledge  society  and  the  shaping  of  technology  and  social systems.  ICT&S research is a double process, consisting of (1) a process in which human actors design ICTs and in which it is analyzed how society shapes ICTs, and (2) of a process in which it is assessed how the usage of ICTs transforms society. That ICTs are shown at another level than society here doesn’t mean that they exist outside of it. Rather, ICTs are an immanent part of society.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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