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The Information Society: Technological, Socioeconomic and Cultural aspects - Prolegomena for a sustainability-oriented ethics of ICT, with glossary and PhD prop.

Cañizares, Jose Carlos (2017) The Information Society: Technological, Socioeconomic and Cultural aspects - Prolegomena for a sustainability-oriented ethics of ICT, with glossary and PhD prop.

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Abstract:This thesis studies the enabling properties of ICT and their effects and potential for social change, and prepares the ground for a sustainability-oriented ethico-political assessment of this technology. It primarily builds on interdisciplinary scholarship to describe and explain the multifaceted co-evolution between the global deployment of ICTs and the emergence of the Information Society, understood as a socio-economic restructuring of capitalism. Beyond the role of ICTs in this regime transition, the thesis delivers other philosophical insights about crucial aspects of ICT development, applications and management. These include arguments about how we should conceptualize ICTs on the basis of their different roles in extending human communication and in performing or facilitating the remote control of humans and animals, machines and systems operations; about the entanglement between telecommunications, transport networks, urban development and work and organization; and about the relations between ICTs, culture and human values. Examples are offered to illustrate the potential that these empirical and philosophical lessons may hold for the construction of a framework for the ethico-political assessment of ICTs.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 05 communication studies, 08 philosophy, 50 technical science in general, 54 computer science, 55 traffic technology, transport technology, 71 sociology, 83 economics, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73135
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