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Digital nation : toward an inclusive information society /
Anthony G. Wilhelm.
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2004.
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xiv, 161 p.
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0262232383 (alk. paper)
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2004.
isbn
0262232383 (alk. paper)
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5245155
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-07-01:
As director of the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce, Wilhelm has a unique perspective. He is, of course, optimistic at the liberatory, economic, and educational potential of digital technologies. Telecommunications and computer technologies will allegedly solve general literacy problems, increase democratic participation, even out economic inequalities, and possibly improve the environment as people shop and work online, forgoing their automobiles. Twice the TOP has been targeted for elimination--not all are convinced of Wilhelm's argument for government involvement in support of access to digital technologies, or of his tantalizing argument for access to be seen as a fundamental right. This rights framework is firmly within a neoliberal orientation focused on the production of new consumers and the development of new markets (notice that the office is in the Department of Commerce, not Education). Although nuggets of scholarship ranging from Freud to Walt Whitman pepper the text, serious neglect of other theorists of technology limits its critical and practical impact. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Anyone interested in information technology and the public interest, all levels. J. L. Croissant University of Arizona
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"Anthony Wilhelm has written a public policy manifesto for the digital age. His book lays out the social and economic case for bridging the digital divide, along with the policies required to achieve universal inclusion in our emerging information societies. Digital Nation is essential reading for anyone seriously concerned about the societal implications of the Internet." -William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
&"Anthony Wilhelm has written a public policy manifesto for the digital age. His book lays out the social and economic case for bridging the digital divide, along with the policies required to achieve universal inclusion in our emerging information societies. Digital Nation is essential reading for anyone seriously concerned about the societal implications of the Internet.&" &-William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
"This a provocative, controversial, but thoughtful book. A reader who doesn't agree with all of Wilhelm's positions can still find it an interesting and worthwhile read." -Vinton G. Cerf, Senior Vice President for Technology Strategy, MCI
&"This a provocative, controversial, but thoughtful book. A reader who doesn't agree with all of Wilhelm's positions can still find it an interesting and worthwhile read.&" &-Vinton G. Cerf, Senior Vice President for Technology Strategy, MCI
"Anthony Wilhelm has written a public policy manifesto for the digital age. His book lays out the social and economic case for bridging the digital divide, along with the policies required to achieve universal inclusion in our emerging information societies. Digital Nation is essential reading for anyone seriously concerned about the societal implications of the Internet." William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
"This a provocative, controversial, but thoughtful book. A reader who doesn't agree with all of Wilhelm's positions can still find it an interesting and worthwhile read."--Vinton G. Cerf, Senior Vice President for Technology Strategy, MCI
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As our social institutions migrate into cyberspace, the digitally disenfranchised face increasing hardships. What happens when-in search of quick and cheap fixes-a government office shuts down and is replaced by a public Web site? What happens when a company accepts only online job applications? Inevitably, those most in need of the services and opportunities offered are further marginalized. In Digital Nation, Tony Wilhelm shows us how to build a more inclusive information society, offering a plan that reaps the benefits offered by the new technology while avoiding the pitfalls of social exclusion. Technology, he tells us, isn't the problem-it's the use of technology that can empower or control, unite or ÷ we need to recover the ideas of social justice and fairness that have been lost in the rush to make things faster and cheaper. In Wilhelm's vision of an inclusive digital nation, everyone can take advantage of the new technology. With everyone part of the information society, we can revolutionize the way we educate our citizens, deliver healthcare, and engage in productive work. The result will be increased efficiency and productivity that will lead to long-term savings of billions of dollars and an enhanced quality of life as technology expands choice and opportunity. We can begin to bring this about by expanding access to computers and making it easier to acquire digital literacy skills. To do nothing-to turn a blind eye to the promise of an inclusive technology-would cost us socially and economically. Digital Nation's call for action sets the terms for a new debate on bridging the digital divide.
Main Description
As our social institutions migrate into cyberspace, the digitally disenfranchised face increasing hardships. What happens when-in search of quick and cheap fixes-a government office shuts down and is replaced by a public Web site? What happens when a company accepts only online job applications? Inevitably, those most in need of the services and opportunities offered are further marginalized. In Digital Nation , Tony Wilhelm shows us how to build a more inclusive information society, offering a plan that reaps the benefits offered by the new technology while avoiding the pitfalls of social exclusion. Technology, he tells us, isn't the problem-it's the use of technology that can empower or control, unite or ÷ we need to recover the ideas of social justice and fairness that have been lost in the rush to make things faster and cheaper. In Wilhelm's vision of an inclusive digital nation, everyone can take advantage of the new technology. With everyone part of the information society, we can revolutionize the way we educate our citizens, deliver healthcare, and engage in productive work. The result will be increased efficiency and productivity that will lead to long-term savings of billions of dollars and an enhanced quality of life as technology expands choice and opportunity. We can begin to bring this about by expanding access to computers and making it easier to acquire digital literacy skills. To do nothing-to turn a blind eye to the promise of an inclusive technology-would cost us socially and economically. Digital Nation 's call for action sets the terms for a new debate on bridging the digital divide.
Main Description
As our social institutions migrate into cyberspace, the digitally disenfranchised face increasing hardships. What happens when -- in search of quick and cheap fixes -- a government office shuts down and is replaced by a public Web site? What happens when a company accepts only online job applications? Inevitably, those most in need of the services and opportunities offered are further marginalized. In Digital Nation, Tony Wilhelm shows us how to build a more inclusive information society, offering a plan that reaps the benefits offered by the new technology while avoiding the pitfalls of social exclusion.Technology, he tells us, isn't the problem -- it's the use of technology that can empower or control, unite or divide; we need to recover the ideas of social justice and fairness that have been lost in the rush to make things faster and cheaper. In Wilhelm's vision of an inclusive digital nation, everyone can take advantage of the new technology. With everyone part of the information society, we can revolutionize the way we educate our citizens, deliver healthcare, and engage in productive work. The result will be increased efficiency and productivity that will lead to long-term savings of billions of dollars and an enhanced quality of life as technology expands choice and opportunity. We can begin to bring this about by expanding access to computers and making it easier to acquire digital literacy skills. To do nothing -- to turn a blind eye to the promise of an inclusive technology -- would cost us socially and economically. Digital Nation's call for action sets the terms for a new debate on bridging the digital divide.
Main Description
As our social institutions migrate into cyberspace, the digitally disenfranchised face increasing hardships. What happens when -- in search of quick and cheap fixes -- a government office shuts down and is replaced by a public Web site? What happens when a company accepts only online job applications? Inevitably, those most in need of the services and opportunities offered are further marginalized. In Digital Nation, Tony Wilhelm shows us how to build a more inclusive information society, offering a plan that reaps the benefits offered by the new technology while avoiding the pitfalls of social exclusion. Technology, he tells us, isn't the problem -- it's the use of technology that can empower or control, unite or divide; we need to recover the ideas of social justice and fairness that have been lost in the rush to make things faster and cheaper. In Wilhelm's vision of an inclusive digital nation, everyone can take advantage of the new technology. With everyone part of the information society, we can revolutionize the way we educate our citizens, deliver healthcare, and engage in productive work. The result will be increased efficiency and productivity that will lead to long-term savings of billions of dollars and an enhanced quality of life as technology expands choice and opportunity. We can begin to bring this about by expanding access to computers and making it easier to acquire digital literacy skills. To do nothing -- to turn a blind eye to the promise of an inclusive technology -- would cost us socially and economically. Digital Nation's call for action sets the terms for a new debate on bridging the digital divide.
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As social institutions migrate into cyberspace, the digitally disenfranchised face increasing marginalisation. 'Digital Nation' sketches ideas for a more inclusive information society, one that utilises the benfits offered by new technology while avoiding the pitfall of social exclusion.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Digital Nation at a Crossroadsp. 1
"Everybody Should Know the Basics, Like How to Use a Computer"p. 17
A Faustian Bargain for the Digital Agep. 37
The New Frontier of Civil Rightsp. 59
A Digital Nation in Black and Whitep. 75
Flattening the Virtual Landscape in Educationp. 95
Wire-less Youth: Rejuvenating the Netp. 113
Conclusionp. 127
Notesp. 135
Bibliographyp. 147
Indexp. 159
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