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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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computers in society
Computers in Society
  • 1950: 2 computers
  • 2003: millions
  • 2020: billions
computer communication tendencies4
Computer Communication Tendencies
  • Decentralization
  • Customization
  • Linkages made fragile and temporary
  • Hardware translated to software
    • everything is connected
  • A new biological metaphor
computer communication effects6
Computer Communication Effects
  • De-industrialization
  • Globalization
  • Virtual Companies
  • Dynamic Employer-Worker Arrangements
  • Contracting-out
computer communication effects8
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 effects9
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 technologies11
Predicting Technologies
  • Entertainment and toy industry
  • Corporate existence
  • Democratic communities
    • The Internet
    • Linux
predicting technologies12
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 technologies13
Predicting Technologies
  • The technologies which exists today are hazy prototypes of what will appear tomorrow.
speaking of the internet in 2003 is like speaking about the electricity in 1903
Speaking of the “Internet” in 2003 is like speaking about the “Electricity” in 1903.
the internet
The Internet
  • The Internet is an enabling, multi-purpose technology.
  • This means many more technologies are headed our way.
the internet17
The Internet
  • The book enabled:
    • Literacy
    • Grammar
    • The Reformation
    • National borders
    • Capital markets
    • The Industrial Revolution
    • Unions
the internet18
The Internet
  • Electricity spawned:
    • Telegraph
    • Light bulb
    • Telephone
    • Movies
    • Radio
    • TV
slide23
Will unions be part of this New Electronic Society?Yes. If they participate in the design of new technologies.
the internet coursereader
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 coursereader33
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
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.