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Unions and Technology. Computers in Society. 1950: 2 computers 2003: millions 2020: billions. Computer Communication Tendencies. Computer Communication Tendencies. Decentralization Customization Linkages made fragile and temporary Hardware translated to software

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Unions and Technology


Computers in Society

  • 1950: 2 computers

  • 2003: millions

  • 2020: billions


Computer Communication Tendencies


Computer Communication Tendencies

  • Decentralization

  • Customization

  • Linkages made fragile and temporary

  • Hardware translated to software

    • everything is connected

  • A new biological metaphor


Computer Communication Effects


Computer Communication Effects

  • De-industrialization

  • Globalization

  • Virtual Companies

  • Dynamic Employer-Worker Arrangements

  • Contracting-out


Computer Communication Effects

  • Workplace

  • Education


Computer Communication Effects

  • The Imaginary Workplace

    A workplace of unlimited resources

    based on creativity

    which can produce full employment

    and is predicated on democracy in the workplace.


Computer Communication Effects

  • Education in the Imaginary Workplace

    • workers become L’earners

    • life-long training and education

    • computer-based distance education

    • more private educational activity than public


Predicting Technologies


Predicting Technologies

  • Entertainment and toy industry

  • Corporate existence

  • Democratic communities

    • The Internet

    • Linux


Predicting Technologies

  • A period of rapid change

    • The ‘90s Gold Rush

    • Fast change means societies are easily deflected

    • Same arguments for laissez-faire capitalism

    • We have to learn how to confront change


Predicting Technologies

  • The technologies which exists today are hazy prototypes of what will appear tomorrow.


The Internet will disappear.


Speaking of the “Internet” in 2003 is like speaking about the “Electricity” in 1903.


The Internet

  • The Internet is an enabling, multi-purpose technology.

  • This means many more technologies are headed our way.


The Internet

  • The book enabled:

    • Literacy

    • Grammar

    • The Reformation

    • National borders

    • Capital markets

    • The Industrial Revolution

    • Unions


The Internet

  • Electricity spawned:

    • Telegraph

    • Light bulb

    • Telephone

    • Movies

    • Radio

    • TV


What will the Internet bring?


We are not building the Internet.


We are buildinga new Electronic Society.


Will unions be part of this New Electronic Society?


Will unions be part of this New Electronic Society?Yes. If they participate in the design of new technologies.


The Internet CourseReader

  • An educational computer communications program

  • Designed by unionists for group work

  • Helps solves problems due to:

    • High Internet costs

    • Undependable electricity

    • Expensive telephone connections


The Internet CourseReader

Internet


The Internet CourseReader

Internet


The Internet CourseReader

Internet


The Internet CourseReader

Internet


The Internet CourseReader

Internet


The Internet CourseReader


The Internet CourseReader

Internet


Union Web Sites


The Internet CourseReader

  • Developed as “Open Source” Software

  • Free of charge

  • “Source Code” available for programmers

  • Translatable

  • Freely distributable

  • Foundation of an international union-owned, union-designed educational computer communications network


Union Web Sites

Internet


Union Web Sites

Internet


Union Web Sites

  • Web Page Creation Software

  • Mozilla

    • Open source “free” software

  • Available in: Belarusion, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Sorbian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Ukranian.


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