Technology’s Impact This Week: August 26th 2017


This is the first of a possibly more regular commentary on the impact that information technology is having on society, based on recent developments. This post is based on items posted in my Twitter feed: @impactofinfo  Comments on its value and on how it might be improved are welcome to pdcarr@uwaterloo.ca This week a book …

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The Socially Disruptive Impact of Information Technology Survey


The impact that information technology is having on society is wide ranging. As information technology enters more areas of peoples' lives globally it is important to consider the nature of that impact. On this blog and in the University of Waterloo course that it supports (MSci 442, The Impact of Information Systems on Society) this …

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Interview With T X Hammes (Colonel USMC, retd.) on Technology and Modern Warfare


  Interview with retired United States Marine Corps, Colonel T. X. Hammes on information technology and modern warfare for MSci 442, Impact of Information Systems on Organisations and Society at the University of Waterloo. The discussion covered fourth generation warfare, drones, the use of military contractors, netcentric warfare and the role of NGO's and private …

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Information Technology and Modern Warfare 2013 Update


Since the course that this blog supports started three years ago there have been developments in a number of areas. Debate has continued between the supporters of the Fourth Generation Warfare theory and those of Net Centric Warfare. Drones appear to be attracting more attention  as their numbers increase and attention is also more focused …

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Interview With Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3VPsQ8b_r4 Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google discusses the development of the internet, its impact in the world today and its future in a wide ranging interview with Peter Carr of the Department of Management Sciences, in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Vint also offers his advice to …

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Information Technology and Modern Warfare 2012 Update


It has been argued that modern warfare has been made easier for politician's as a result of the use of information technology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=595GNVxLKFY&feature=player_embedded#! Protesters have drawn attention to their concerns about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the use of social media: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f59cIDomkVE&feature=player_embedded#! Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, highlighted the origins of …

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Week 7: Information Technology and Modern Warfare


Information technology is now permeating thinking about modern warfare in the context of the changing nature of modern conflicts. Since America's defeat in the Vietnam War there has been discussion on what approach countries should take to, what are often perceived as, new forms of warfare. More recently, the experience of Iraq and Afghanistan have …

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