Delivering the Virtual Promise? from access to use in the virtual society
the Virtual Promise?
from access to use in the virtual society
19th June 2000
QE II Conference Centre
The growth of the new technologies continues apace, perhaps only slightly faster than continuing speculation, analysis, policy debate and
argument about their likely social impact. The UK government has embraced
the idea of taking full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the new
technologies, while keeping a careful eye on possible problems of social
exclusion. Prime Minister Tony Blair recently promised that everyone would
have access to the Internet within the next five years. So debates about
the prospects for a virtual society are more charged than ever. But there
is still little clear sense of what "access" will mean. What
significant differences do these technologies actually make? How do we
make the transition from mere "access" to meaningful use? Social
exclusion and the nature and extent of the "digital divide"
continue to be a major concern.
This major one day conference debates these issues by bringing together the best research and thinking in academia with senior figures from government, policy and industry. It asks: what will access mean (and for whom) in the virtual society? What are the routes for realising the potential of the new technologies?
The conference marks the culmination of 3 years of the ESRC Virtual Society? Research Programme. Professor Manuel Castells (UC Berkeley), the world renowned author of The Information Age trilogy, is our main academic keynote speaker. We shall hear from prominent members of business and government as well as some of the key research results emerging from the Programme.
08.30 Registration and coffee
09.30 Keynote Session
10.00 Professor Manuel Castells (UC Berkeley)
11.30 Session 1: Access, inclusion, digital divide
14.00 Session 2: E-commerce/consumption
16.00 Session 3: Virtuality in organisations, education, privacy
We are grateful for the support of the following organisations:
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