The Future Information Society: Social and Technological Problems by Wolfgang Hofkirchner

The Future Information Society: Social and Technological Problems

byWolfgang Hofkirchner, Mark Burgin

Kobo ebook | January 24, 2017

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This book is the first volume of a two-volume edition based on the International Society for Information Studies Summit Vienna 2015 on "The Information Society at the Crossroads. Response and Responsibility of the Sciences of Information" (see

The book represents a trans-disciplinary endeavor of the leading experts in the field of information studies posing the question for a better society, in which social and technological innovations help make information key to the flourishing of humanity and dispense with the bleak view of the dark side of information society.

It is aimed at readers that conduct research into any aspect of information, information society and information technology, who develop or implement social or technological applications. It is also for those who have an interest in participating in setting the goals for sciences of information and social applications of technological achievements and scientific results.


  • Introduction: Sociology of Information Processes and the Development of Society (Mark Burgin and Wolfgang Hofkirchner)

  • From Nature to the Organization of Society:

    • Information for a Global Sustainable Information Society (Wolfgang Hofkirchner)
    • Information Dynamics, Self-Organization and the Implications for Management (John Collier)
    • eSubsidiarity: An Ethical Approach for Living in Complexity (José María Díaz Nafría)
    • Multilevel Research: Exploring Natural Roots of Socio-Economic Organizations (Nikhil Joshi)
    • Conviviality: A Choice of Civilisation (Marc Humbert)
    • In Search of Wisdom in the ICT Society (Gunilla Bradley)
  • Designing the Future:

    • Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): Limits to Consequentialism and the Need for Hermeneutic Assessment (Armin Grunwald)
    • The Biological Tricks that Knit a Global Brain (Howard Bloom)
    • Distributed Intelligence Technologies: Present and Future Applications (Francis Heylighen)
    • Smart Data: Running the Internet of Things as a Citizen Web (Dirk Helbing)
    • Future-Oriented Innovation: How Affordances and Potentials can Teach Us How to Learn from the Future as It Emerges (Markus F Peschl and Thomas Fundneider)
    • Interactive Articulation and Probing of Processes: Capturing Intention and Outcome for Coherent Workplace Design (Christian Stary)
    • Simulated Education and Illusive Technologies (Yagmur Denizhan)
    • The Service and Disservice of Information Overload: Ways to Cope (Robert K Logan)
  • Meaningful Technology?:

    • Islam Between Inclusion and Exclusion: A (Decolonial) Frame Problem (Syed Mustafa Ali)
    • Rewiring the Islamic Net: Creating an Alternative to the Online Propaganda of IS (Islamic State) (Rüdiger Lohlker)
    • Reproducibility, Media and Communication (Tomáš Sigmund)
    • Governance from Below and Democratic Rebuilding in Times of Crisis (Asimina Koukou)
    • Towards a Critical Understanding of "Alternative Media": Resistance, Technology and Social Change (Banu Durdag)
    • Europe at the Crossroads: The Dangers of Economizing on Democracy and the Prospects of Democratie Sans Frontières (Zoe Lefkofridi)
    • Constructive News: A New Journalistic Genre Emerging in a Time of Multiple Crises (Uwe Krüger)
    • Media and Information Technology in Ten Years' Time: A Society of Control Both From Above and Below, and From Outside and Inside (Jörg Becker)
    • Revolution in Military Affairs: Not Without Information and Communication Technology (Hans-Jörg Kreowski and Dietrich Meyer-Ebrecht)
    • Cyberpeace: Promoting Human Rights and Peaceful Use of the Internet (Stefan Hügel)
    • Robots — My Mind Children: Where Do You Come From and Who Are You? (Sarah Spiekermann)
    • Homo Informaticus: Image of Man in Information Society (Felix Tretter)
    • Health Information Technology: Empowering Consumers, Patients, and Caregivers (Mary Jo Deering)

Readership: Researchers in aspects of information.
Key Features:

  • The book represents the most recent achievements in information studies related to social problems and development of society
  • The book represents advanced ideas and approaches to utilization of information technology and science for the benefit of separate individuals and society as whole
  • The book is written by the leading experts in information theory, computer science and the theory of complexity
Title:The Future Information Society: Social and Technological ProblemsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9813108983

ISBN - 13:9789813108981

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