Sociological and Philosophical Aspects of Human Interaction with Technology: Advancing Concepts

Sociological and Philosophical Aspects of Human Interaction with Technology: Advancing Concepts

Anabela Mesquita (ISCAP/IPP and Algoritmi Centre, University of Minho, Portugal)
Release Date: May, 2011|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 440
ISBN13: 9781609605759|ISBN10: 1609605756|EISBN13: 9781609605766|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-575-9


It is not possible to imagine our lives today without technology. From the moment we get up in the morning until the time that we go to bed at night, technology is present in almost every moment, even if we are not aware of it. Some of the most basic activities we need to perform regularly could not be carried out without technology.

Sociological and Philosophical Aspects of Human Interaction with Technology: Advancing Concepts presents a careful blend of conceptual, theoretical and applied research in regards to the relationship between technology and humans. This book explores the importance of these interactions, aspects related with trust, communication, data protection, usability concerning organizational change, and e-learning. The advancement of these theories and practices will benefit from this publication as it provides a voice for the users.

Topics Covered

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

  • Anthropological consequences of technology use
  • HCI design for trust development
  • Perceptions and conceptualizations of technology
  • Phenomenology of e-government
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Questions of computer or information ethics
  • Responsibility of artificial agents
  • Shaping of e-commerce through law and culture
  • Technological risks and their human basis
  • Value of intellectual capital in knowledge management

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Anabela Mesquita is a professor at the Institute of Administration and Accountancy (ISCAP)/Polytechnic School of Porto (IPP), Portugal. She is also an invited researcher at the Algoritmi R & D Center, Information Systems Group, at the University of Minho (Portugal). She lectures courses related to business communication, information society, and digital storytelling. Dr. Mesquita's research interests include knowledge and innovation management, impact of information systems in organization, life long learning at higher education levels, and e-learning. She also has been involved in several European and national research projects.

Dr. Mesquita has published numerous papers in various international journals and conference proceedings. She has been a member of the programme committee and scientific committee of several national and international conferences, in most cases also serving as referee. She serves as Member of the Editorial Board and referee for IGI Global. She also serves as Associate Editor of the Information Resources Management Journal. She serves as referee for the Journal of Cases of Information Technology. She has also been evaluator and reviewer for European commission projects.