Information and Communication Technology Policy Research in the United Kingdom: A Perspective

Robin Mansell

Abstract


Abstract: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are altering the ways in which time and distance affect productive activities. Such innovative activity is affected by historical factors, the capacity of individuals and institutions to adapt and act, and by decisions of technology producers, users, and government policy-makers. This paper highlights the directions and perspectives in social science research in the United Kingdom that have emerged in the Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) established by the Economic and Social Research Council. Résumé: Les technologies d'information et de communication sont en train de changer les effets du temps et de la distance sur le travail. De tels changements dépendent en outre des conditions historiques, de la capacité d'individus et d'institutions de s'adapter et d'agir, et des décisions prises par les producteurs de technologies, les usagers et les créateurs de politiques gouvernementales. Cet article met en relief les orientations et les perspectives dominantes en sciences humaines au Royaume-Uni qui ont émergées au "Programme sur les technologies d'information et de communications'' (Programme on Information and Communication Technologies [PICT]) établi par le "Conseil de recherches économiques et sociales'' (Economic and Social Research Council).

Keywords


Information/Communication technologies (ICTs); Policy Research; Social Science Research/United Kingdom

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.1994v19n1a792

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