New Information and Communication Technologies, Social Development and Cultural Change

By Cees J. Hamelink - 1997

In the following pages, Cees J. Hamelink reviews the background of the current “information revolution” explains its principal technical features and explores possible scenarios for the future. He challenges the frequently held disposition to accept the current direction of change without question. The course of technological development, he reminds us, is always shaped by human beings with particular interests and goals, and a certain (sometimes implicit) view of the future. The latter should be examined openly, not taken for granted.

UNRISD Discussion Paper No. 86. PDF.

By Cees J. Hamelink| 1997


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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