Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

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What does it mean to live in a IT-ruled society?

Posted on | April 25, 2010 | No Comments

What does it mean to live in a IT-ruled society? What can the trajectory of information and communications technologies tell us about democratic participation? Below are some questions that are worth considering as we continue this unprecedented journey into a netcentric governed and managed society.

About sovereignty and control? About the conditions of play and creativity in our lives? What are the rules, procedures, degrees of freedom that are structured in modern life by the preponderance of networked information machines? To what extent can voices be heard? What is the future of censorship and the protection of speech and “press” in a digital age? How is information produced and distributed.

Can people recognize, critique, and participate in the conditions of their lives? What is the future of voting? Of electoral representation? Of constitutional parliamentary and presidential systems? Of the control and conditions of ownership of property? What is the role and future of bureaucracy? What are the conditions of eligibility in entitlement systems for health, education and welfare?

Under what conditions and leadership can people be mobilized for collective action and reflection? How can media facilitate the engagement of people in the recognition of social problems and their resolution? What media practices can garner the will of significant collections of people and direct their energies towards constructive and peaceful problem solving?

How can tensions between centralization and decentralized forms of authority and control be reconciled? What organizational forms can facilitate economic growth, maintain sustainable environments, and provide abundant opportunities for creative participation and productivity? How will IT monitor environmental conditions and identify hazards to human living? Remote sensing satellites already produce a large amount of data on crops, floods, droughts, forest conditions, and location of natural resources.

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