The Societal Impact of the World Wide Web - Key Challenges for the 21st Century

The Societal Impact of the World Wide Web - Key Challenges for the 21st Century

Janice M. Burn (Edith Cowan University, Australia) and K.aren D. Loch (Georgia State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-11-2.ch002
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In the first section we document the current state of information technology diffusion and connectivity, and related factors such as GDP, population density, and cultural attitudes. The second section examines more fully the question of who comprises the “haves” and the “have-nots” so frequently mentioned. Across and within country comparisons are made, noting in particular disadvantaged groups, urban vs. rural communities, and women and children as groups that are frequently forgotten, but who are vital to true transformation to a global information society. The third section offers some concrete suggestions as to how the Internet may be used to address the growing gap between those who have and those who don’t. We report some country examples which illustrate both the progress and the magnitude of the challenge as societies, governments, and other key change agents attempt to redress the problem. Finally, we make two observations. One is that for those who don’t have, there is little demand to have, as well. This is in large part explained by the second observation, which is that a multilevel complex challenge must be overcome in order to leverage technology-based services, such as offered by the Internet, as a sociological tool to reduce economic disparity. We challenge the reader to look inward for each one’s individual responsibility in this big picture.

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Chapter 1
Gurpreet S. Dhillon
So, you are taking a trip and have booked your flight, paid your bills, bought a travel insurance and made hotel bookings–all without talking to a... Sample PDF
Understanding Social Responsibility Issues in the Information Age
Chapter 2
Janice M. Burn, K.aren D. Loch
In the first section we document the current state of information technology diffusion and connectivity, and related factors such as GDP, population... Sample PDF
The Societal Impact of the World Wide Web - Key Challenges for the 21st Century
Chapter 3
Darryl A. Seale
This study examines predictors of software piracy, a practice estimated to cost the software industry nearly $11 billion in lost revenue annually.... Sample PDF
Why Do We Do It If We Know It's Wrong? A Structural Model of Software Piracy
Chapter 4
Mark G. Lycett, Athanasia Pouloudi
This chapter focuses on the issues raised by component-based development in the light of new data protection legislation recently introduced in the... Sample PDF
Component-Based Development: Issues of Data Protection
Chapter 5
Gurpreet S. Dhillon, Trevor T. Moores
The Internet has transformed the way in which goods are bought and sold. Forrester Research predicts retail sales on the Internet to grow from less... Sample PDF
Internet Privacy: Interpreting Key Issues
Chapter 6
Scott Chapman, Gurpreet S. Dhillon
With the advent of the Internet, a number of issues have surfaced that are affecting our society positively, negatively and confusingly at breakneck... Sample PDF
Privacy and the Internet: The Case of the DoubleClick, Inc.
Chapter 7
Sandra C. Henderson, Charles A. Snyder, Terry A. Byrd
Electronic commerce (e-commerce) has had a profound effect on the way we conduct business. It has impacted economies, markets, industry structures... Sample PDF
Electronic Commerce and Data Privacy: The Impact of Privacy Concerns on Electronic Commerce Use and Regulatory Preferences
Chapter 8
William Hutchinson, Matthew Warren
This chapter examines the attitudes of Australian IS/IT managers to the concept of cyber-vigilantism. Also, it explores the policies and procedures... Sample PDF
Aggression on the Networks: An Australian Viewpoint
Chapter 9
Matthew Warren, William Hutchinson
We have seen a rise in computer misuse at a global level and also the development of new policies and strategies to describe organized computer... Sample PDF
Cyberspace Ethics and Information Warfare
Chapter 10
N. Ben Fairweather
The chapter starts with a very brief review of the nature of repetitive strain injury (RSI) and some of the less helpful advice about RSI. There is... Sample PDF
Policies for the Prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury Among Computer Users: A Moral Analysis
Chapter 11
Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou, Athanasia Pouloudi
Policy implementation for electronic commerce is a complex process since policy makers, national governments in their majority, have to act in a... Sample PDF
Social Issues in Electronic Commerce: Implications for Policy Makers
Chapter 12
Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Dan S. Petty
This chapter is designed to give the reader a balanced perspective on some of the issues surrounding the current discussions related to state and... Sample PDF
E-commerce Taxation Issues: A Balanced Perspective and Options for Resolution
Chapter 13
James Douglas Orton
The themes explored elsewhere in this volume, on the intersection between information technology and social responsibility, take on new shapes when... Sample PDF
Manufacturing Social Responsibility Benchmarks in the Competitive Intelligence Age
Chapter 14
Randall C. Reid, Mario Pascalev
Outsourcing of information technology (IT) is the transfer of a company’s information technology functions to external vendors. Ordinarily, such... Sample PDF
Strategic and Ethical Issues in Outsourcing Information Technologies
Chapter 15
Joseph T. Gilbert
Project managers obviously have a responsibility to manage their projects. In this chapter we explore the question of social responsibility of... Sample PDF
Social Responsibility in IS/IT Project Management
Chapter 16
Phil Carter
The new convergence of computing, communications, and media are enriching people’s lives in delightful and diverse ways. Increasing numbers of... Sample PDF
Self-Employed and Small Business Computer Users: Challenges and Directions for Progress
Chapter 17
Mikko T. Siponen
This chapter argues, following the scholars of the first category, that human morality has a role as a means for ensuring security. But to achieve... Sample PDF
On the Role of Human Morality in Information System Security: From the Problems of Descriptivism to Non-descriptive Foundations
Chapter 18
Gurpreet S. Dhillon
Various chapters in this book have addressed a broad range of social responsibility issues. In many ways, each chapter has identified a category of... Sample PDF
Aspects of a Viable Social Responsibility Program in the Information Age
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