IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

Social Informatics: An Information Society for All? In Remembrance of Rob Kling

Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference 'Human Choice and Computers' (HCC7), IFIP TC 9, Maribor, Slovenia, September 21-23, 2006

Editors: Berleur, Jacques, Nurminen, Markku I., Impagliazzo, John (Eds.)

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Through the years, the principal message of the ‘Human Choice and Computers’ (HCC) tradition and its associated conferences has been: there are choices and alternatives. The special theme of HCC7 is Social Informatics, which includes in itself a promise of a less technically biased approach to informatics, whilst An Information Society for All adds the ethical aspects to it. When developing the infrastructure and applications in an information society, we should strive to afford people equal opportunities to information technologies.

Professor Rob Kling introduced the name Social informatics in its widely known Computers and Controversy. He was director of the Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2003 at age 58, leaving a rich heritage in the field. This HCC7 conference honours his work and memory, and it develops further the cultivation of Kling’s legacy.

In this volume, Social Informatics takes in two directions. The first part supports the readers in creating their interpretation of the meaning of Social Informatics. The second, more extensive, part develops an overview of various applications of Social Informatics. Researchers inspired by Social Informatics touch unbelievably many areas of human and social life.

Ethics, culture, politics, and law are a few areas within the realm of Social Informatics. The conceptualisations of information societies and ICT policies expand the domain towards economic, organizational, and technical issues. Additionally, this volume further develops the successful applications that require valid concepts and methods. These aspects demonstrate the power of Rob Kling’s legacy. Scientific knowledge is the most durable form of that heritage because it does not decrease when used; on the contrary, diligent applications bear multiple fruits to continue that legacy.

Thank you, Rob!

 

Jacques Berleur is at the University of Namur, Belgium.

Markku I. Nurminen is at the University of Turku, Finland.

John Impagliazzo is at Hofstra University, USA.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Social Informatics: Principles, Theory, and Practice

    Steve Sawyer, Michael Tyworth

    Pages 49-62

  • Social Informatics:An Emerging Discipline?

    Vasja Vehovar

    Pages 73-85

  • ICT in Medicine and Health Care: Assessing Social, Ethical and Legal Issues

    Goran Collste, Penny Duquenoy, Carlisle George, et al.

    Pages 297-308

  • Internet in the Street Project: Helping the Extremely Poor to Enter the Information Society

    Corinne Chevrot, Emmanuelle Comtat, Gwenaël Navarette, et al.

    Pages 309-318

  • ICT and Free Open Source Software in Developing Countries

    Pia Krakowski

    Pages 319-330

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Informatics: An Information Society for All? In Remembrance of Rob Kling
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference 'Human Choice and Computers' (HCC7), IFIP TC 9, Maribor, Slovenia, September 21-23, 2006
Editors
  • Jacques Berleur
  • Markku I. Nurminen
  • John Impagliazzo
Series Title
IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Series Volume
223
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-37876-3
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-37876-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-37875-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4253-1
Series ISSN
1868-4238
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 490
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 b/w illustrations
Topics