I am a librarian at the University of Manchester Library with fifteen years’ experience of working as an information professional in the business, government and Higher Education sectors and a keen interest in the impact of digital technology on society and culture. I got more closely involved in this subject through a request to develop an assessed academic module on the impact of digital technology on society. Although ‘the internet’ has been around in some form for forty years, it is really in the last decade that we have witnessed a transformation in the ways in which we communicate, work and socialise. Increased access and availability plus the explosion of social media has fundamentally transformed our use of the internet, but what are the wider implications for society?
The Networked World And The Individual: Privacy And Freedom In The Internet Age was a talk given by Steve McIndoe at Manchester Ragged University on the 12th Sept 2013: http://www.ragged-online.com