The Global Information Age: Wireless technology's transformative potential in knowledge-based society

Grantham, Andrew and Tsekouras, George (2002) The Global Information Age: Wireless technology's transformative potential in knowledge-based society In: M-Business 2002, 8-9 Jul 2002, Athens, Greece.

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This paper argues that mobile technology is qualitatively different to other information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of achieving the political aims and objectives of the ‘information society’. Crucial to this claim is the belief that mobile devices are becoming increasingly integral to the lives of users – whether for work or leisure, and that they are inherently transformative. Their ‘always-on’ connectivity and increasing processing [1] power and capabilities distinguishes them from other ICTs. Their functionality goes beyond voice and data transfer. Their potential for identity confirmation and networking, for example, is unmatched – though there are considerable dangers. These include, amongst others, involuntary exclusion, surveillance, privacy, accountability and the need for openness. In many cases these are political questions that cannot be left to the market.

Item Type:Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mobile technologies; CENTRIM
Subjects:N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
Faculties:Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
ID Code:5627
Deposited By:editor centrim
Deposited On:15 Apr 2009
Last Modified:08 Oct 2010 02:17

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