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Assumptions between the term Knowledge Society and how the concept evolved as a result of the advancement of ICT and growth of global network. Also discuss the implications of new forms of knowledge ...

Assumptions between the term Knowledge Society and how the concept evolved as a result of the advancement of ICT and growth of global network. Also discuss the implications of new forms of knowledge production on development.

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  • Trace the concept of the "Information Society" from its inception in the discipline of economics through its development and its subsequent diffusion to the other areas of social sciences, information studies, and more recently into development studies.Similarly we would trace the origin of the term Network Society, and how it is being used in various contexts. We will look at the links between these two broad concepts, and see what assumptions they share, and what unique assumptions each rest on. It is important to make these assumptions explicit, because as in all areas of inquiry, the conceptual assumptions we clearly always colour the way we see, or not see the world. In other words, the world of social issues out there are not objective realities we can observe without bias. We always see the world through cultural and theoretical lens, and it is important to exam what lens we wear in order to account for possible biases. A lot of what we will be doing in this course will consist of questioning these biases, biases of what constitutes economic growth, social well being, and a host of other development indicators. In particular, we will be asking whether the information society and Network society will include people and knowledge from the developing world, or will we actually see a further division between the rich and poor countries, widely the so-called “Digital divide”
  • In the network society economic activity, governance, exploitation, social and cultural activity, and struggles are increasingly organized through transnational digital networks
  • Examples of exclusive networks, professional networks, government ministers. Networks tend to be hierarchical and mirror organizational arrangements, which tends to be stratified.

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  • From Information Society to Knowledge Society
    Framing the conceptual links between ICT, Knowledge and Development
    • Information Society, origins of the concept and its impact
    • Network Society, how is it different from previous forms of social organizations?
    • Economic, technological, and ideological assumptions underlying the various terms
    • Implications for development discourse
    Overview
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  • The aggregate knowledge production made up29% of the adjusted gross national product (GNP);
    The rate of growth was projected at 2.5 times the average growth rate of other components of the total GNP, and knowledge production would soon reach 50%of the GNP.
    3. The total civilian labor force engaged in knowledge-producing activities was equal to 31.6% in 1969, and if full-time students of working age were added the total labor force would be equal to 42.8% of the population.
  • Machlup listed a number of reasons for studying the economics of knowledge, among them:
    Knowledge’s increasing share of the nation’s budget.
    Knowledge’s social benefits, which exceed private benefits.
    Knowledge as strongly associated with increases in productivity and economic growth.
    Knowledge’s linkages to new information and communication technologies.
    Shifts of demand from physical labour to brain workers.
    Improving and adjusting the national-income accounting in the US.
  • “producing knowledge will mean, in this book, not only discovering, inventing, designing and planning, but also disseminating and communicating”.
  • Knowledge as rational product of intellectual inquiry, using specific kinds of methods
    There are substantial costs associated with the production and distribution of knowledge but the return on investment is substantial
    Machlup
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  • Print paradigm and industrial mode of knowledge production
    High production cost
    High distribution cost
    High barriers to entry
    Strict enforcement of copyrights to protect profit
    The primary of firms and multinationals
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  • "A post-industrial society is based on services. (…) What counts is not raw muscle power, or energy, but information. (…) A post industrial society is one in which the majority of those employed are not involved in the production of tangible goods”.
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    (1973)
  • From tangible goods to knowledge products and services
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  • But digital technology and the Internet completely disrupted the “industrial” mode of production
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  • New form of social organizations and activities enabled by digital network and communication technologies
  • "As a historical trend, dominant functions and processes in the information age are increasingly organized around networks. Networks constitute the new social morphology of our societies, and the diffusion of networking logic substantially modifies the operations and outcomes in processes of production, experience of power and culture".
    Castells, M. (1996) The Rise of the Network Society. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.: 469.
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  • What is NEW about the Network Society?
    Technology
    But
    “… new technology is not a sufficient but a necessary condition for the kind of society we live in, the network society”
    (Castells, 2000, 152)
    Manuel Castells
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  • “Prevalence of Networks”
    But
    Networks are not new to human society
    Manuel Castells
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  • Emergence of “global informational capitalism”
    Still follow the logic of the “market” and “rational self-interest”
    Manuel Castells
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  • In the past, social networks were more limited in different spheres. Networks were more exclusive.
    The Internet changed the nature of networks by making them more inclusive and easy to participate.
    Manuel Castells
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  • Government
    NGO
    Firms
    Firms
    Government
    Network cross-cutting organizations
  • Castells – emphasize access to ICT to close the digital divide
    Developing countries to participate in digital capitalism
    Network Society and Development
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  • How the Internet enable social innovation
    Global reach
    Common and Open Standards not own by anyone
    Participation is simple
    “Narrowcasting”
    New forms of non-market, commons based peer production
  • “The Wealth of Network” (2006) -YochaiBenkler
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    1776
  • Industrial
    Information Economy
    Networked
    InformationEconomy
    High entry cost
    Turing raw materials into goods
    Firms and Corporation
    Vertical organization
    Centralized decision making
    Standardization
    Relatively low entry cost
    Knowledge as raw material
    Distributed production
    Horizontal organization
    Flexible decision making
    Customization
  • View a video of Benkler’s lecture on “Open Source Economics”
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    http://youtu.be/NgYE75gkzkM
  • This week’s readings highlight the broader shift away from rigid vertical modes of organization towards ones more fluid horizontal.  How do we see this shift manifest in our political, social or economic systems?  Reflecting upon your own surroundings or experiences, how are we implicated by these shifts as citizens and consumers?
    Question 1:
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  • How should we interpret this transition towards the “knowledge” or “network” society vis-à-vis our understandings international development? Does this transition suggest new opportunities for the global south to “leapfrog” onto a new path of development, or could it serve to exacerbate asymmetries between the core and the periphery?
    Question 2:
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