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Information Technology, democratic societies and competitive markets
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction. (ETHCOMP)
2010 (English)In: An information law for the 21st Century / [ed] M. Botti, Athens: Nomiki Vivliothiki , 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Access of relevant information, or knowledge, is a necessary condition for finding the right solution to a problem or making the right decision. Such information triggers and maintains the psychological and societal processes lying behind the achievement of important aims for individuals and groups. Democracy demands dialog, but dialog is not possible among citizens who are totally convinced about the truth of their ideas. A participant in a dialog must have a critical attitude toward own beliefs, otherwise a common search for a better decision is not possible. IT tools can train and support unconstrained, self-critical, systematic and holistic problem solving, decision and law making. Competitive markets, like democratic societies, need access to information. Whereas well organized and strong players can guarantee it more or less for themselves the same is very difficult for consumers to achieve, like it is for citizens regarding political information. IT can easily provide information about prices, quality and other relevant aspects of products and services in the market. However, the available form, content and amount of information in the market or in politics, which are controlled by the strongest stakeholders, have as their main goal to constrain systematic and critical thinking. Therefore to take advantage of IT’s features in developing better markets and political procedures it is necessary to create rules that can guarantee it.

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Athens: Nomiki Vivliothiki , 2010.
Keyword [en]
information technology, democracy, market, competition, dialog, ethics, moral, ethical competence
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Philosophy Law and Society Business Administration Pedagogical Work Sociology Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Computer Science
Research subject
Human-Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-139009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-139009DiVA: diva2:380621
3rd International Seminar on Information Law
Available from: 2010-12-21 Created: 2010-12-21 Last updated: 2010-12-27Bibliographically approved

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