Information Intensive Britain: A Critical Analysis of the Policy Issues

summary:

Information is a key resource in contemporary Britain. Organisations in the private and public sector are developing information-intensive management styles in a search for improved efficiency and effectiveness. In the economy, the information sector is expanding rapidly and information is increasingly seen as a commodity which can be bought and sold in national and international markets. In society generally there is a growing demand for information which can enable people to make the best use of available services and to play their full role as citizens.

All these developments bring with them the need for legislation and for controls on the way information is collected, communicated and used. The changes are taking place at great speed and their implications are far-reaching.

This important book, funded by the British Library, provides a critical review of the developments, and analyses the policy issues associated with the development of an information-intensive society.