A Digital (R)evolution to the Information Age

A Digital (R)evolution to the Information Age

Th.P. van der Weide (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0020-1.ch001
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Abstract

The rapid technological changes caused by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have a strong impact on societies world-wide. This will lead to changes in the traditional role patterns. The author discusses the changing information and communication technology and its background. Then the chapter goes into detail on the impact of the changing technology. Finally, the chapter discusses the political aspects required for a balanced introduction and development.
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Background

The rationality of technological progress is to improve the standard of living of a larger group of people. Yet not all members of that group will in general benefit equally and some members may become worse off even if the group as a whole, on average, flourishes. In many cases, because of traditional role patterns and power differentials, frequently there are clear obstacles in a society for women to benefit equally from the advantages of economic progress (McGregor & Bazi, 2001), (Hafkin & Huyer, 2002).

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