Information Technology and Societal Development, 1st Edition

  • Andrew Targowski
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  • ISBN-10: 1605660051
  • ISBN-13: 9781605660059
  • DDC: 303.4833
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 417 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released December 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Investigates the role of information and communication in civilization's development. Examines the full range of impacts of information technology on civilization and the development of societies.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: Structures of Civilization.
The Civilization Grand Model.
2: Introduction.
The Civilization Approach to Human Development.
3: The Contemporary Civilization Approach to Human Development.
4: The World-System Approach to Human Development.
5: The Emergence of Civilization.
6: The Empirical Model of Civilization Evolution.
7: Methods of Civilization Study.
8: Human Entities and Their Dynamics.
9: Observations from the Empirical Development of Civilization.
10: A Dynamic Model of an Autonomous Civilization.
11: The Dynamics of a Civilization.
12: A Character of a Civilization.
13: A Model of the World Civilization.
14: Grand Laws of the World Civilization.
15: From World to Planetary Civilization.
16: Conclusion.
17: References.
Civilization Life Cycle: Introduction.
18: Introduction.
19: Civilization Continuity and Memory.
20: Universal Laws of a Civilization.
21: General Model of the Civilization Life Cycle.
22: The Wave Model of the World Civilization Life Cycle.
23: Conclusion.
24: References.
The Civilization Index.
25: Introduction.
26: The Next Entity to Measure.
27: The Architecture of a Civilization.
28: Characteristics of a Civilization.
29: The Civilization Index.
30: Strategies of Civilization Development.
31: The Challenges for Civilizations and People.
32: Conclusion.
33: References.
34: The Human Project.
(A) Liberating the Future from the Past.
35: Introduction.
36: The INFOCO System as a Means from the Past.
37: Civilization Paradigm Shifts.
38: The Architecture of the A.D. 2000 Paradigm Shift.
39: The Connected-Layered Existence.
40: The Harmonic Development of Existence.
41: Conclusion: The “Futureless” Past.
42: References.
(B) Liberating the Past from the Future.
43: Introduction.
44: The Accumulation Principle.
45: The Wisdom Principle.
46: Conclusion: The “Fruitless” Past.
47: References.
Will Wisdom Save the Human Project?.
48: Introduction.
49: From Myths to Wisdom of Civilization.
50: Towards Eco-Philosophy.
51: The Wisdom Diamond.
52: Conclusion.
53: References.
From Global to Universal-Complementary Civilization.
54: Introduction.
55: The Four Waves of Globalization.
56: The Enabling Factors of the Fourth-Wave Globalization.
57: Globalization Benefits.
58: Globalization Problem-Causing Factors.
59: Why Global Civilization?.
60: Global Civilization in the 21st Century.
61: Globalization Repercussions.
62: Symptoms of Catastrophic International Conflict in the 21st Century.
63: Is Global Civilization the Answer for the World Civilization’s Progress?.
64: Are Western Civilization’s Accomplishments the Answer for the World Civilization’s Progress?.
65: The “Death Triangle” of World Civilization I.
66: From War & Peace to Values & Dialogue.
67: Universal Civilization as a Solution to the World Civilization’s Progress and Survival.
68: The Architecture of Universal-Complementary Civilization.
69: The Strategy of Implementing the Universal-Complementary Civilization.
70: Conclusion.
71: References.
Theory of Critical Total History of Civilization.
72: Introduction.
73: The Purpose and Subject of Civilization History.
74: Why Critical Total History (CTH) of Civilization?.
75: The Characteristics of Critical Total History of Civilization.
76: The Structures of Critical Total History of Civilization.
77: Grand Models of the Civilization CTH.
78: Models of the State CTH of Civilization.
79: Models of the World CTH of Civilization.
80: The Grand Laws of Western Civilization CTH.
81: How to Investigate CTH of Civilization.
82: Conclusion.
83: References.
84: The Information Ecology of Civilization.
The Information Wave of Civilization.
85: Introduction.
86: Information and Civilization History.
87: The Control Revolution in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
88: The Limits of Growth and the Decline of the Industrial Wave.
89: The Rise of the Information Wave.
90: The Mission, Goals, Strategy, and Architecture of the Information Wave.
91: The Ideology of the Information Wave.
92: Conclusion.
93: References.
Information and Organization.
94: Introduction.
95: Perspectives of Information.
96: The Images of Information.
97: The Information Matrix.
98: The Informated Architecture of an Organization.
99: The Informated Architecture of Management.
100: The Transformation from an Industrial to an Informated Enterprise.
101: Conclusion.
102: References.
Service Science and Automation Laws.
103: Introduction.
104: The Nature of Services.
105: A Classification of Services in a Developed Economy.
106: The E-Service System Requirements.
107: The Generic Architectures of E-Service Systems (E-SS).
108: Toward the Service Science Scope.
109: The Service Science Startegy for Innovations.
110: Conclusion.
111: References.
Information Laws.
112: Introduction.
113: Macro-Information Ecology.
114: General Information Laws.
115: The Information Macro-Ecology Model.
116: The Information Law of Human Capital.
117: Human Capital Development.
118: Conclusion.
119: References.
The Electronic Global Village.
120: Introduction.
121: The Birth of the Electronic Global Village.
122: The General Architecture of EGV.
123: The Definition of EGV.
124: Informative Organizations.
125: Information Infrastructure.
126: Global Economy.
127: Global Society.
128: Global Culture.
129: Electronic Culture.
130: Electronic Global Citizen (EGC).
131: Conclusion.
132: References.
Information Societies.
133: Introduction.
134: The Forces of Change.
135: The Information Society: A New Tool of Thought or a New Way of Life?.
136: The Essence of the Information Society.
137: Types of the Information Society.
138: The Paradigms and Measurements.
139: The Developmental Paths of Information Societies: Future Trends.
140: A Case of the Polish Information Society (2008-2013).
141: Conclusion.
142: References.
143: Modeling of Civilization.
Asymmetric Communication.
144: Introduction.
145: A Concept of Culture.
146: The Cross-Cultural Communication Process.
147: The Efficiency of Cross-Cultural Communication.
148: The Culture Cost Factor in the Global Economy.
149: Conclusion.
150: References.
Civilization Market Integration.
151: Introduction.
152: The Evolution of Civilization Markets.
153: The World is “Flattening”.
154: The China Factor.
155: The World’s Largest Market in 2010.
156: The World’s Largest Market in 2020.
157: Beyond 2020: The Triumph of Globalization.
158: The Myths and the Realities of the World Market.
159: The Civilizational Patterns of Economic Development.
160: Conclusion.
161: References.
162: The Future of Civilization.
The Future of Civilization.
163: Introduction.
164: Civilization Threats.
165: The “Death Triangle” of Civilization I.