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Global Information Society: Bibliography

[Scholarly Publications]

Global Information Society Meetings

Compiled by
Barbara (Vasa) Kern
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5, Canada
May, 1998

[NOTE: The website addresses on this page have not been updated since publication in 1998.]
General ~ Countries and Regions ~ International Institutions ~ Conferences and Meetings


Bearman, T.C. "Information transforming society: challenges for the year 2000", Information Services & Use, 12, no. 3, (1992): p217-23.

Bender, D.R. "A strategy for international information policy", Libri (International Library Review) 43, no. 3 (Jul 1993): p.210-231.

Calabrese, A. "Creative Destruction? From the Welfare State to the Global Information Society", Javnost the Public, 4, no. 4 (1997), p7-24.

Geelhoed, L.A. "En route to an information society: opening address", FID News Bulletin, v46(1/2), p6-8, Jan/Feb 1996.

Haywood, Trevor. Communication - Info-Rich/Info-Poor: Access and Exchange in the Global Information Society. London: Bowker-Saur, 1995.

Heldman, Robert K. The telecommunications information millennium: a vision and plan for the global information society. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995.

Martin, William J. The Global Information Society. Guildford: Biddles Ltd., 1995.

Masuda, Y. "Vision of the Global Information Society", Data. 11 no. 12, (December 1981): p16-17.

Naisbitt, J. "The bottom-up society. America between eras", Public Opinion, 4, (Apr-May 1981) p. 18-19.

Targowski, Andrzej. Global Information Infrastructure: The Birth, Vision, And Architecture. Harrisburg, PA: Idea Group, 1996.

Countries and Regions


African Information Society Initiative (AISI) [Homepage] [Computer File] URL:

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Progress Report on the Implementation of the African Information Society Initiative, (No date provided) [Computer File] URL:

Asia Pacific

Japan Studies Association of Canada. Japan Studies 1995: The Information Society in Japan. Papers presented at the Eight Annual Conference of the Japan Studies Association of Canada, Edited by Robert Bedeski and Carl Mosk. Victoria, B.C: University of Victoria, 1995.


Canada. Communications Canada. New Media -- New Choices: The Information Society. Ottawa: Communications Canada, 1992.

Canada. Information Highway Advisory Council. Building the Information Society: Moving Canada Into the 21st Century. Ottawa: Information Highway Advisory Council Secretariat, Industry Canada, 1996.

Canada. Information Highway Advisory Council. Connection, Community, Content: The Challenge of the Information Highway: Final Report. Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada, 1995.

Canada. Information Highway Advisory Council. Preparing Canada for a Digital World: Final Report of the Information Highway Advisory Council. Ottawa: Industry Canada, 1997.

Chodos, Robert, Eric Hamovitch and Rae Murphy. Lost in Cyperspace? : [Canada and the Information Revolution]. Toronto: J. Lorimer, 1997.

Information Highway Advisory Council (IHAC) [Homepage] [Computer File] URL:

New Developments in Communication Law and Policy: Canada and the Global Information Society. Toronto: Law Society of Upper Canada, 1996.

Eastern Europe

European Union & Central & Eastern European Forum on the Information Society Action Plan maintained by Slovenian Ministry of Science & Technology. [Homepage] [Computer File] URL:

European Union

"EC to include Central and Eastern Europe in GII (Global Information Society)", Telecommunications Reports, 61 no. 26 (July 3, 1995): p37(1). Dialog 08029003

European Commission. Cohesion and the Information Society. COM (97) 7/3, Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Committee of Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, 1997. [Computer File] URL:

European Commission. Directorate-General for Regional Policy and Cohesion. The Deployment of the Information Society for Regional Development : Examples of Applications form European Commission Actions. Luxemburg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1997.

European Commission. Europe Towards the Global Information Society : New Directions Arising from the Genval Workshop, Luxemburg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1995.

European Commission. Follow-up to the Green Paper on Copyright and related rights in the Information Society, COM(96) 586 final, Brussels, Nov. 20, 1996. [Computer File] URL:

European Commission. High Level Expert Group on the Social and Societal Aspects of the Information Society. Building the European Information Society for Us All : First Reflections of the High Level Group of Experts: Interim Report. Brussels, Belgium: European Commission, Directorate-General V for Employment, Industrial Relations and Social Affairs, 1996.

European Commission. Information Society Project Office. Information Society News, Brussels: ISPO, 1996-

European Union. Information Society Project Office. ISPO. [Homepage] [Computer File.] Brussels; Luxembourg: ECSC-EC-EAEC, 1995-. URL:

European Commission. Science Research and Development. Information Technologies Programme: Building the Information Society : Fourth Framework Programme Research and Technological Development (1994-98). Luxemburg: European Commission, Directorate General XII, Science, Research, and Development, 1996.

European Commission. Standardization and the Global Information Society: The European Approach. COM (96) 359, Communication from the Commission to the Council and the Parliament, Brussels, 24 July 1996. [Computer File] URL:

Grewlich, Klaus and Finn Pedersen (eds). Power and Participation in an Information Society. Luxembourg: Commission of the European Communities, 1984.

High Level Group on the Information Society. Europe and the Global Information Society: Recommendations to the European Council. Brussels, 26th May, (The Bangemann Report).

United Kingdom

Great Britain. Department of Trade and Industry. Development of the Information Society: An International Analysis, London: HMSO Publications Centre, 1996.

[Computer File] URL:

Great Britain. Department of Trade and Industry. Moving into the Information Society AN INTERNATIONAL BENCHMARKING STUDY, 1997.

[Computer File] URL:

Great Britain. Department of Trade and Industry. Welcome to the ISI [Information Society Initiative] Programme for Business. [Homepage]

[Computer File] URL:

Hill, M.W. "National Information Policies", Information UK Outlooks, 15 (February 1996): p1-30.

United States

Cate, Fred H. "Global Information Policymaking and Domestic Law", Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 1, no. 2 (Spring 1994): 467-487.

Directorate for Science and Policy Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Envisioning a Global Information Infrastructure [Computer File] URL:

Drake, William J., editor. The New Information Infrastructure: Strategies for U.S. Policy. New York: Twentieth Century Fund, 1995.

Global Information Infrastructure: Agenda for Cooperation. Chair Ronald H. Brown. Washington, D.C: US Government Publications Office, 1995.

Gore, Al. "Basic Principles for Building an Information Society", U.S. Information Agency (USIA) Electronic Journals 1, No. 12, September 1996. [Computer File] URL:

Information Infrastructure Task Force (The President's) [Homepage] [Computer File] URL:

Information Infrastructure: Reaching Society's Goals: A Report of the Information Infrastructure Task Force Committee on Applications and Technology. NIST Special Publication, 868. Gaithersburg, MD: National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1994.

Putting the Information Infrastructure to Work: A Report of the Information Infrastructure Task Force Committee on Applications and Technology. NIST Special Publication, 857. Gaithersburg, MD: U.S. Department of Commerce, Technology Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 1994.

Ries, C. "Overcoming the Barriers - A U.S. View, Developing the Global Information Society". Developing the Global Information Society, Management Forum on Public Affairs. Edited by D. Palframan and A. Tank. Conference Board New York, 1119, (1995): , p18-19. Dialog 01000402

Schement, Jorge Reina. "The Origins of the Information Society in the United States: Competing Visions". In: The Information Society: Economic, Social and Structural Issues, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, (1989), p 29-50.

United States Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure, A Nation of Opportunity, [Computer File] URL:

United States Board on Science and Technology for International Development. Cutting Edge Technologies and Microcomputer Applications for Developing Countries: Report of an ad hoc panel on the Use of Microcomputers for Developing Countries. Boulder, Colorado, Westview Press, 1988.

United States. Information Infrastructure Task Force. The National Information Infrastructure: Agenda for Action. Chaired by Ronald R. Brown. Washington, D.C: Information Infrastructure Task Force, 1993.

United States. Information Infrastructure Task Force. Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure: The Report of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights. Chaired by Bruce A. Lehman. Washington, D.C: Information Infrastructure Task Force, 1995.

United States National Information Infrastructure Virtual Library [Homepage] [Computer File] URL:

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Commerce. Communications Act of 1934 as Amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Washington: GPO, 1996.

International Institutions

Group of 7/8 (G7/8)

G7 Global Information Society [Homepage] [Computer File] URL:

G7 Information Society [Homepage] [Computer File] URL:

G7 "Information Society and Development" Conference in South Africa, January 1996. [Computer File] URL:

ISPO. (Information Society Project Office) The G7 Information Society Conference: Brussels February 25-26, 1995. [Computer File] URL:

"G7 Meeting Maps Global Paths Toward Information Society/GII", Telecommunications Reports International, 6 no. 5 (March 2, 1995): all.

G7 Ministerial Conference on the Global Information Society: Ministerial Conference Summary. Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1995.

G7 Ministerial Conference on the Global Information Society: Round-table meeting of business leaders. Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1995.

Moules, Jonathan. "G7 Promotes Global Information Society", Computing, (Mar 2, 1995); p4(1).

Tucker, Emma. "G7 Ministers look at Future in Cyberspace", Financial Times, n32610 (Feb 25, 1995): p1(2).

Conferences and Meetings

Brussels Conference - February 24-26 1995

The Brussels Conference was a meeting of members of the European Commission as well as G7 telecom and economic Ministers. Discussion focused upon the Global Information Society and Global Information Infrastructure. The meeting lead to many agreements, including the creation of eight core principles and eleven themes for pilot projects.

"G7 Meeting Maps Global Paths Toward Information Society/GII", Telecommunications Reports International 6, no5 March 2, 1995: all.

Flesch, C. "Brussels and the global information society", Internet Research Electronic Networking Applications and Policy 7, no.1 (1997): p43.

"A global information society" International Information Communication and Education 14, no. 2 (Sept 1995) : p221-4.

"Building the Global Information Society for the 21st Century" Conference, Brussels, October 1-3 1997

Participants included "political decision makers, industrialist, users from the G7 countries and the EU Member States, as well as representatives from the national and international standardization organisations" (EU: Press Release...1997). Four major issue areas were discussed, namely doing business on global information networks, experiences and expectations, services for the public and communications infrastructure requirements.

ISPO (Information Society Project Office). Building the Global Information Society for the 21st Century [Computer File] URL:

"EU: Press Release - Press Release re: Conference on the Global Information Society", Spicers Centre for Europe, October 9, 1997.

Information Society and Development (ISAD) Conference - Midrand, South Africa, May 13-15, 1995

Over 40 countries and 20 international organizations (including representatives from the G7, European Commission and World Bank) participated in the ISAD Conference. Discussion centered on ensuring that all countries, including developing and 'in transition' countries, can become active members of the GIS.

Cogburn, Derrick L. and Christopher P. Foss and Global Information Infrastructure Commission. Information & Communications for Development: Nationalism, Regionalism, & Globalism in Building the Global Information Society: GIIC Report on the Global Information Society & Development Forum, Midrand, South Africa. Center for Strategic & International Studies, 1996.

ISAD - Conference Details [Homepage] [Computer File] URL:

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