Electronic communications technology and services permeate every aspect of national life. This book examines the current and expected states of the technology and considers the societal impact and policy issues arising from new technological developments. Particular attention is paid to evaluation of computerized conferencing for enhanced communication among researchers in specialized and interdisciplinary fields and to technology assessments of criminal justice and tax administration systems.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Current and Future States of Electronic Communications Technology -- Perspective on Trends in Electronic Communication -- A Quadrillion Geophysical Data Bits Per Year -- Viewdata, Prestel, Teletext: Home TV and Scitel Science Magazine -- Operational Trials of Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES) -- An Overview of the Nature, Purpose and Initial Findings -- Computer Conference on General Systems Theory: One Year's Experience -- Futures Research Group Experience with Computerized Conferencing -- EIES for a Community Involved in R&D of Devices for the Disabled -- A Semi-Visible College: Structural Effects on a Social Networks Group -- Use of Computer Conferencing to Validate and Update NLM's Hepatitis Data Base -- JEDEC/EIES Computer Conferencing for Standardization Activities -- LegiTech/EIES: Information Exchange Among State Legislative Researchers -- The Designer's View -- Social Impacts and Policy Issues of Electronic Communications -- Problems of Accountability in Large Federal Databanks -- Social Change Through Electronic Communications -- Policy Options for the Future: Congress, the FCC and the President