The International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society and its associated journal, book series and online media create a forum for discussion and a place for the publication of innovative theories and practices relating technology to society. The dialogue created in this knowledge community is cross-disciplinary in it scope, creating meeting points for technologists with a concern for the social and social scientists with a concern for the technological. The focus is primarily, but not exclusively, on information and communications technologies.
Equally interested in the mechanics of social technologies and the social impact of technologies, the Technology, Knowledge and Society community is guided by the ideals of an open society, where technology is used to address human needs and serve community interests. These concerns are grounded in the values of creativity, innovation, access, equity and personal and community autonomy. In this space, commercial and community interests at times complement each other; at other times they appear to be at odds. The conference and publications examine the nature of the new technologies, their connection with community, their use as tools for learning, and their place in a ‘knowledge society’.