Pluralising the Future Information Society
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Following the argument that the sustainability challenges that emerge from the production and use of ICT are complex to evaluate due to the high pace of ICT development, the rapid dissemination of new ICT infrastructure and devices and their unpredictable effects on socio-economic structures, this study shows that there are alternatives to contemporary forecasted futures and exemplifies that ICT can be used to facilitate different societal developments. It is argued that creating parallel possible futures (plural) aids in the process of identifying potential benefits and drawbacks of technological development and situate current decisions in a longer time frame. The process of designing five images of the future of Sweden in 2060 is, then, presented and some of the advantages of using these images for different purposes are discussed. Among the concluding reflections it is highlighted that exploring benefits and drawbacks of different possible futures can empower actors that at the present play a role in shaping and implementing ICT strategies and policies and also actors from other sectors getting to see the opportunities and risks with ICT.
scenarios, sustainability, ICT, futures
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187438OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-187438DiVA: diva2:930137
QC 201605232016-05-232016-05-232016-05-24Bibliographically approved