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2010/09/29-Welcome to Lazlo Karvalics: towards a Social Theory of Information

posted 29 Sep 2010, 02:12 by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated 22 Oct 2011, 07:59 ]
In the ICTs & Society Network Meeting held in Castelldefels this summer, we had the opportunity to share with Prof. Lazlo Karvalics our respective endeavours in common directions, for instance, our Glossarium BITri and his "Information-whatsoever". 

We are now very pleased to welcome Lazlo as BITrum member, who will be also involved in the domusBITae initiative as part of the consortium. His own skills and the excellence of the team he represents are a sure basis for a fruitful cooperation and the success of our common strives. Thank you, Lazlo for your support, and best wishes for a shared navigation.

Lázló Z. Karvalics: born in Budapest; MA in History, Literature and Linguistics; PhD and Hab. in History, ELTE, Budapest. He is Founding director of the BME-UNESCO Information Society Research Institute; associate professor, Head, Department of Library and Human Information Science, University of Szeged. Fulbright Research Scholar, George Washington UniversityCenter of International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP). Teaching and research on social impacts of information technology, comparative analysis of national information strategies, information history and education in the information age. Invited expert in several EU-projects and events. Has written books, studies and plenty of small articles for the dissemination of the "Information Society thinking" and Internet-culture.

His best-selling books are (in Hungarian): Introduction to Information History (Gondolat, 2004) Information, Society, History (Typotex, 2003) Searching of the Information Society (Aula, Budapest, 2001) Toothpick on the Net (Prím, Budapest, 2000) Information Society (from technology to the human aspects) (Muszaki, 1995). His latest book in English: Information Society Dimensions (JATE Press, 2009).

Paper discussed at the ICTs & Society Network Meeting: How to defend the original, multicriteria theories of Information Society? TripleC, 8(1), 124-129. In this paper Lazlo argues from an historical inquiry for a multi-criteria definition of the information society against Webster's information-density approach.

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