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.