This book offers broad evidence on how new information and communication technologies (ICT) impact social development and contribute to social welfare. Its aim is to show how new technological solutions may contribute to society’s welfare by encouraging new ‘socially responsible’ initiatives and practices as the broad adoption of new technologies becomes an integral component of organizations, and of the overall economy.
Society and Technology: Opportunities and Challenges is designed to provide deep insight into theoretical and empirical evidence on ICT as socially responsible technologies. More specifically, it puts special focus on examining the following:
- how channels of ICT impact on social progress, environmental sustainability and instability
- the role of ICT in creating social networks, with positive and negative consequences of networking
- how ICT encourages education, skills development, institutional development, etc.
- the ethical aspects of technological progress, and
- technology management for social corporate responsibility.
The book is written primarily for scholars and academic professionals from a wide variety of disciplines that are addressing issues of economic development and growth, social development, and the role of technology progress in broadly defined socioeconomic progress. It is also an invaluable source of knowledge for graduate and postgraduate students, particularly within economic and social development, information and technology, worldwide studies, social policy or comparative economics.
Table of Contents
1 ICT and social development: conceptual considerations. 2 I, Robot: between angel and evil 3 Next-generation networks as neneral-purpose technologies: the impact on economic development 4 After access: the importance of social capital and Internet use for human development 5 The regional shaping of ICT: exploring the links between ICT research, innovation and diffusion 6 Forecasting business software piracy rates: a machine-learning approach 7 ICT for education and health care systems: potentialities and discrepancies in low- and high-income countries 8 Role of social media and digital skills in adoption of online shopping in selected EU countries 9 ICT as challenging driver for social transformations in Serbia 10 The impact of ICT and digitalization on consumer purchase behaviour of Millennials as emerging economic and social force: the case of Serbia 11 Forecasting risks and challenges of digital innovations: towards a Socially Responsible Design agenda 12 Internationalization of an educational software as a service (EduSaaS) company 13 Evaluation of a company’s image on social media using the Net Sentiment Rate
Ewa Lechman is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Management and Economics at Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland. Since 2017 she has been Vice-Dean for Development and a PhD Programme Director.
Magdalena Popowska is a researcher and lecturer of Organization Science and Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Management and Economics of Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland.
"Understanding how information technology contributes to societal development through social responsibility is a timely question. The authors of this book provide a very interesting and complete picture of socially responsible technologies that guide both scholars and practitioners." — Duygu Turker, Yasar University, Turkey