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Information Revolution and India  -  A Critique
Information Revolution and India - A Critique

Information Revolution and India - A Critique

by S S Gill

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Language

English

Publisher

Rupa

ISBN

8129104504 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 329

Binding

Hardcover

S S Gill

Author: S S Gill
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 329
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129104504

Description

The Steam Engine has the same relationship to the Industrial Revolution as the transistor has to the Information Revolution. But the defining technologies of the former were essentially sectoral: the steam engine, internal combustion engine and electric motor were all confined to specific areas of application. But the transistor, embodied in the computer, is a universal technology: right from your wristwatch to a space station, it is central to their working. Secondly, it has spread faster and over a larger area than any of the industrial technologies.

It is the combination of these two factors that has empowered the Information Revolution to transform practically every facet of human activity. Whether it is the economy or education, polity or entertainment, the application of Information Technology (IT) is radically changing their character.

Media hype has invested IT with a very alluring mystique. But a powerful technology can be used both for god and evil. And IT is being used to serve both ends. It is, therefore, necessary to critically examine its societal impact so that one is not swept off his feet by its seductive powers.

And this is what the author seeks to do. As IT is the creation of the industrially advanced on those societies. The bulk of the book is focused on this theme. But as developing countries have also started making increasing use of it, its last section studies its impact on India.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

PREFACE

PART I: DEMYSTIFYING THE INFORMATIN TECHNOLOGY

The Sinews of the Information Revolution

The Magic Wand of IT

PART II: THE GLOBAL VIEW

The Information Revolution and Globalization
Information and its Controllers
Work and Employment in the Information Society
Information Economy
Education and Knowledge Economy
Information Warfare
Artificial Intelligence and Some Future Trends
Crisis of Democracy in the Information Society
Social Dynamics of Technology

PART III: THE INDIAN SCENE

IT and the Government
IT and the People
IT and Business

PART IV: An Overview

An Overview

Endnotes

List of Acronyms

Index

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