This article examines challenges and opportunities resulting from the rapid expansion of information and communication technology (ICT), through their impacts on the traditional culture of a given community. The expansion of ICT extends to all spheres of our lives, and makes society globally-oriented, which has provided opportunities for communities located in remote regions to stay connected and participate in global issues, as well as to take advantage of new innovations, in a virtual environment. However, these developments have also resulted in tensions when considered from the perspective of maintaining fundamental values traditionally held by a community. These fundamental values are often developed from traditionally practiced social norms which, at times, are transformed to adapt to a new cultural reality in response to, for example, information-based technological development. Such developments may generate concern that information-based societal development will negatively influence the traditions and culture of communities, and indigenous communities in particular. These concerns suggest that the introduction of an invasive culture will affect the established community and their culture, who build their identity based on traditional norms. Many indigenous communities, whose identities are founded in nature-based traditional practices, are arguably afraid of losing their cultural values as a result of new information-based societal development. It is based on this premise that the following article considers the Sámi indigenous community of the European High North (EHN) as case study, to argue that culture is a transformational, and not a static, element in any given society; it highlights that information-based cultural development and traditional norms can be mutually re-enforcing. The article argues that culture should be viewed holistically, and that the integration of information-based societal development within traditional culture and identity contribute to cultural modernisation.
of its mission. The modern transition to an information-basedsociety, however, represents a particular challenge. In many episcopal and papal statements going back as far as Pius XII, the Catholic Chur...
function is that of the emancipation and empowerment of citizens for the full and free exercise of democratic citizenship. In our information-basedsocieties, where the most needed knowledge is hidden and denied to the majority of the population, public intellectuals must fight against such concealment and
, and the development of an information-basedsociety presuppose strong transport, energy and communi- cations infrastructures. With this in mind, the Parliamentary Assembly welcomes the efforts being undertaken by the European Union to move forward with the expansion of trans-European networks and the
society (Ronfeldt 1992). The nancial institutions of information-basedsocieties are becoming increasingly information-based themselves. Transfers between nancial institutions increasingly involve only the ow of electrical impulses rather than physical matter. The physical transfer of money is
may now itself be unable to cope with the demands of the post-industrial information-basedsocieties of the turn of the millennium and thus may need to be replaced by new approaches to public and private management. This book's reconsideration of Max Weber's writings on bureaucracy and their
govern them. 22 Very often, these standards are antithetical to religious beliefs. 23 Quentin Schultze, too, raises concerns about the “techno-moral crisis” emerging from the diffusion of a modern information-basedsociety. 24 Information technology “fosters information-intensive, technologically
face challenges posed by an information-basedsociety, training them to move freely between learning environments, workplaces, regions and countries, and on the other hand promoting a more prosperous, tolerant, pluralistic and democratic society. In concrete terms, this means implementing a coherent