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An "information technology revolution" that can stimulate significant social change is clearly underway. The exponential growth in computational capability per unit dollar and rapidly increasing bandwidth continues to fuel high expectations that computerization will transform informational and social structures. Connectivity among individuals, companies and nations is forming what some are calling Cyberspace and virtual communities and new forums and formats for electronic publishing, communication and commerce. Since wealth, power and freedom of action derive from control over, access to, and effective use of, information and expertise, the shifting organization of information technologies and social life -- large scale and small scale -- is a major concern. These combined trends have stimulated discussions the relationships between technological change and social change. The term Information Society has been a key marker for many of these studies and discussions.

"The Information Society" journal (TIS), published since 1981, is a key forum for thoughtful analysis of the impacts, policies, system concepts, methodologies and cultural change related to these trends. It is a refereed journal that publishes scholarly articles, position papers, debates, short communications and book reviews.

The Information Society (TIS) is a multidisciplinary refereed journal that provides a forum for thoughtful commentary and discussion of information technology and social change and information policy. It serves as a key critical forum for leading edge analysis of the impacts, policies, system concepts, methodologies related to information technologies and changes in society and culture. Some of the key information technologies include computers and telecommunications; the sites of social change include home life, workplaces, schools, communities and diverse organizations, as well as new social forms in cyberspace. The journal appeals to scientists, scholars and policymakers in government, education, and industry.

TIS's articles are typically 4,000-7,500 words long, and are written vividly with coherent analyses and minimal jargon. TIS also publishes shorter "position statements" of up to 4,000 words and debates in a new section, called "The Forum." You can assume that TIS's readers are familiar with many of the debates and studies of information policy and information technology and social change. They would be interested in reading your article if it helps advance the leading edge studies and discussions. The research literature about these topics is moving rapidly and published in diverse outlets. It helps if you relate your article to recent relevant articles published in TIS (see our bibliography for titles and links to abstracts.)

Among the topics addressed within TIS are:

  • Changing National Information Infrastructures, especially as they influence cultural expectations and social practices.
  • The politics of change in National Information Infrastrustures.
  • The implications of mobile communication for individuals, families, informal and formal social groups as well as society at large. What is the empirical evidence of these interactions and how are they accounted for theoretically?
  • The social implications of CSCW, intranet, and other new media.
  • The implications of the coming surge in electronic data interchange (EDI) and electronic commerce among businesses globally.
  • The ability of companies to "outsource" portions of their information processing to different countries around the world, creating transborder data flow issues for the countries involved and increasing the rapidity with which jobs migrate globally.
  • Meanings and implications of political/economic systems that are based on universal access to baseline information services or fees-for-all-services.
  • Options for, and implications of, various forms of "electronic democracy".
  • The rise of "virtual communities" of persons worldwide engaging in "many-to-many" communication among their participants, irrespective of borders or corporate structures.
  • The role of place and space in visions and practice of digital libraries and electronic forums.
  • Cultural changes in relation to cyberspace -- both empirical studies and studies of their representation in popular culture.
  • The structure of the information industries, including markets, industrial alliances, the character of work, and management-labor relations.
  • Ethical dimensions in the development and use of new information technologies.
    Gender issues in the development and use of new information technologies.
 
 
 
 
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