Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues

Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues

Indexed In: PsycINFO®, SCOPUS
Release Date: April, 2008|Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 496
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-774-4
ISBN13: 9781599047744|ISBN10: 1599047748|EISBN13: 9781599047768
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Description:

An interdisciplinary field, technology and culture, or social informatics, is part of a larger body of socio-economic, socio-psychological, and cultural research that examines the ways in which technology and groups within society are shaped by social forces within organizations, politics, economics, and culture. Given the popularity and increased usage of technology, it is imperative that educators, trainers, consultants, administrators, researchers, and professors monitor the current trends and issues relating to social side of technology in order to meet the needs and challenges of tomorrow.

Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues provides educators, trainers, consultants, administrators, researchers, and professors with a fundamental research source for definitions, antecedents, and consequences of social informatics and the cultural aspect of technology. This groundbreaking research work also addresses the major cultural/societal issues in social informatics technology and society such as the Digital Divide, the government and technology law, information security and privacy, cyber ethics, technology ethics, and the future of social informatics and technology, as well as concepts from technology in developing countries.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Communities of Practice and Cyberspace
  • Community informatics
  • Community technology
  • Community technology centers
  • Computer mediated communication
  • Cyber Ethics
  • Cyberism, Censorship & Freedom of Expression
  • Digital Divide
  • E-democracy & the public sphere
  • Equality and Access
  • Ethics and technology
  • Issues in Cyberspace
  • Issues in Technology and Government
  • Legal Ramifications of Technology
  • Multicultural & Social Issues in Technology
  • Nonprofit Technology
  • Online Impersonations
  • Online Personalities
  • Psychology and Technology
  • Role of governments and institutions Legislation
  • Social informatics
  • Social Software
  • Surveillance Technologies
  • Technology and Crimes
  • Technology and Cultural and Urban Studies
  • Technology and Gender
  • Technology and public policy
  • Technology and society studies
  • Technology Law
  • Virtual Communities
Reviews & Statements

This book concerns itself with connecting social and cultural issues with our increasing use of information and communication technologies.

– Terry T. Kidd, Texas A&M University, USA

This work offers access into the complex overlapping territories of social informatics, information technology, and communication technology.

– Book News Inc. (August 2008)

To sum up, the book provides insights to topics of interest in social informatics, including the digital divide, gender differences in the use of technology, privacy, security and copyright issues, the influence of technology on society, cultural aspects, the use of technology in education, Open Source and Web 2.0.

– Judit Bar-Ilan, Bar-Ilan University
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Terry T. Kidd received his doctoral education training from the Texas A&M University and has previous graduate training in information systems, human resources development, and instructional technology. Kidd has presented at international conferences on designing technology rich learning environments, technology adoption and diffusion, and issues dealing with faculty and staff development. His research interests include e-learning and ICT innovation and its diffusion within an educational and community context to support teaching, learning, and human capital development. Kidd is an experienced educator, consultant, and researcher in the field. He is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Instructional Systems Technology; the Handbook of Research on Technology Project Management, Planning, and Operations; Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues; and Wired for Learning: An Educators Guide to Web 2.0.

Irene Chen received her Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology from University of Houston in 1998. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Education at the University of Houston Downtown. Dr. Chen has diverse professional experiences. Previously, she is instructional technology specialist, learning technology coordinator, and computer programmer/analyst. She has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional technology and curriculum & instruction, and delivered many K-12 in-service training and professional development activities for university staff and faculty members.
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