View of Information Society

As stated on the Green Book, “the expression Information Society refers to a way of social and economic development in which the acquisition, storage, processing, appreciation, transmission, distribution and dissemination of information conducive for the creation of knowledge and at the satisfaction of the necessities of the citizens and companies, performs a central role at the economic activity, in creating richness, in the definition of quality of life of the citizens and of its cultural practices. “It is admitted on the Green Book that Information Communication Technologies (ICT) “is now integrant part of our quotidian. They had invaded our homes, work and leisure places. ” Their usefulness is also stated in the book: “[ICTs] offer useful tools for personal and work communications, for text and systematized information processing, for data base access to distributed information on digital electronic networks, moreover are integrated in many equipments of our daily lives, in home, on the office, on factories, on transportation, on education and health.

” And later emphasizes that “[Information society] assumes a growing importance on collective work and introduces a new dimension on the new model of modern societies”. On the book it is admitted the existence of a “turbulence phenomenon” caused by the successive introduction of new technologies and acceleration of individual and collective time and it states that this acceleration “imposes adjustment on values and behaviours, due to obsolescence of earlier paradigms elaborated under a different technological base”.It is admitted that the rejection or delay of that adjustments will correspond to a “less economic growth and a decrease of well-being”. On the preface of the book, the Minister of Science and Technology, Mariano Gago gives his vision somehow different on which the flow of evolution is fully controlled by individuals: “Technique doesn’t choose for us neither the values nor the actions. Our responsibility grows on each technological mutation. Information Technologies may be useful to free citizenship forces and to button solidarities to planetary scale.However they can also be used to control and to file more comfortably, to punish and to monitor the free thought, to wisely chase and to scientifically torture. ” And the Minister continues with a clear scholar vision: “We are not technicists.

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When we take as ours this general slogan, seductive and apparently neutral of the information society, we have taken from it the false neutrality and took, above all, party for citizenship, against exclusion; for knowledge, against manipulation of spirit; for freedom, against repression, especially against that technically comforted; for innovation, against monopolies”About the role of technology on the future, the book states “the politicians have, at this moment, full consciousness that the future of nations will be conditioned by the way the new ICTs would be assimilated and by the success and speed of that absorption. In this context, it is fundamental a strategic reflection to chance the opportunities offered by new technologies on a way one can overpass the barriers to this chance”. About the future, Mariano Gago emphasizes the human role “This is not about a technical challenge, but eminently a political and social one.This is not about tools, but values. The future is in the top of this action that can not and must not fail. ” Current state On the green book It is recognized a delay of the current state of Portugal compared to the “Global Society based on information and knowledge. ” The “Diagnostic Report of Actual State” developed by UMIC (Unidade de Missi?? o Inovai?? i?? o e Conhecimento) in February 2003 makes clear the little favourable position that Portugal is compared to the rest of Europe in several fields related to the information Society.The fields subject to comparison on the report are: Internet, Public Administration and e-government, Digital Economy, ICT Qualifications, Health, Values The values on the basis of the model of the Portuguese Information Society, as seen by politicians, are stated both on the Green Book and on the last published Action Plan of the government.

Information Society for all Is said on the green book that, “one determinant factor for the success of these transformations is its full and active social acceptance”.The info-exclusion is assumed to be one main concern. For that, “it is essential to promote de social cohesion and cultural diversity, equalization of conditions in diversity regional spaces encourage participation of citizens on the community life and offer one government, more opened and communicative, concerned on identifying problems and solutions of public interest. ” On the Action Plan is additionally stated the objective of generalize the access to Internet in Broadband.Open Government, Quality and Efficiency on Public Services As on the Action Plan, the objective is “to put the citizen and the companies on the centre of attentions” and the goal is to “improve the quality of the services and reinforce the means for active participation on the citizenship exercise.

” The services include health, e-government and general public information. On the economic side it is a goal to “improve the efficiency, decrease expenses. ” Learning and Available Knowledge on Information SocietyThe Action Plan states the goal to “improve abilities and knowledge of the people through ICTs to: promote a Digital Culture; Improve the learning system on every education levels; to form individuals on ICTs”. Richness of Balanced Opportunities for Commerce The Green book states de importance of “a regulator role of the government to avoid unbalances and injustices that may happen on the free market function”.

It also refers the importance to develop “Richness in opportunities to citizens, companies” Rich ContentsThe Action Plan and refers the goal “promote one industry of rich contents technologically advanced, capable of digitalize existent information and produce new contents useful to citizens on the ambit of Information Society”. Security, Protection and Rights of Individuals About the security, protection and rights of the individuals, the Green Book refers “the necessity to be aware, by regulation, of the problems that may occur by the use of new technologies, namely personal data protection, legal security of databases, intellectual property protection, combat to human rights infringements and child abuse protection”.Conclusions Here I am supposed to give my personal opinion about Technology role on Information Society. My position is not as radical as Postman (1992) about the current state of society as in his Technopoly vision.

However, unfortunately I could say, I see technology has being definitely non-neutral. More I could say, I see some kind of gigantic force biased with technology that serves someone’s interests. We have to possess some consciousness that usually we don’t have, perhaps for educational reasons, to see that agenda on technology that Postman refers to.Life quality is decreasing and the scenario his worst on each successive generation. Human values are being virtualised on a society gradually more mediatic. Like Negroponte says we are being Digital, however while he sees something good on it, as in Utopia, I tend to see it more like a Dystopia.

About that tendency of multi-media we see on technology and those enchantments of innovations that attracts us, about the idea that we have necessities for consuming gigantic flows of information, about all of these images we consume everywhere, about all of it…I feel anxiety, not peace. For the positive part of seeing these days of technology driving days I must be forced to agree with Francis Bacon on the The New Atlantis about some remarkable technology achievements where he sees the prolongation of life, the restitution of youth in some degree, the retardation of age, the mitigation of pain, as some good thing on those age’s technology wonders.(Bacon, 1626) About this study it is absolutely incomplete.

I didn’t research enough to include several other interpretations for Technology role on the information society. However it gave me more light and definitely contributed to open my view of Technology on these modern digital days.