By David J. Bell, Brian D Loader, Nicholas Pleace, Douglas Schuler
The single A-Z advisor on hand in this topic, this publication presents a wide-ranging and updated assessment of the fast-changing and more and more very important global of cyberculture. Its transparent and available entries hide features starting from the technical to the theoretical, and from videos to the standard, including:
• synthetic intelligence
• digital government
Fully cross-referenced and with feedback for extra interpreting, this finished consultant is an important source for an individual attracted to this interesting quarter.
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Again, it was US companies like Oracle and Sun that were at the forefront of seeing the computer as part of a network rather than as a stand-alone machine. The counterculture associated with computing, with its hobbyists and kids starting up multi-million dollar businesses in their parents’ garages, might be seen as something of a smokescreen concealing a reality of huge self-serving corporations driving what is now the world’s largest single industry. Yet the ideas and images persist. Apple launched the Macintosh, with its GUI that was years ahead of that used by contemporary Intel and DOS machines, and its famous 1984 advertising campaign in which shackled individuals are ‘freed’ from an oppressive regime.
Indeed, their success may well depend upon their ‘fit’ with the social, economic and cultural profile of the communities within which they are embedded. This has led to a vast array of community technology centers being established around the world reflecting the differential needs and aspirations of their users. Typically, however, community technology centers will provide one or more of the following features: provision of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to enable local people to gain access to the rest of the world within or beyond their national boundaries through the Internet and the World Wide Web; education and training in computer literacy and by the use of ICTs; provision of an information service enabling local people to have access to municipal information, library catalogues and other national and international databases; provision of technical advice and support for local business, and civic organizational development; provision of facilities for teleworking in a social setting to facilitate workplace fellowship; and provision of facilities (meeting rooms, online access, council venues) to support the political and cultural life of the community.
Cyberculture: the key concepts by David J. Bell, Brian D Loader, Nicholas Pleace, Douglas Schuler