Information Society

Intended Audience

  • Master Information Systems Research
  • Bachelor "Lehramt" Computer Science (Gym)
  • Bachelor "Lehramt" Computer Science (RS)
  • Diploma study in computer science (optional)


  • Michael Möhring


  • Excercises + Written examination (4 ECTS-Points)


The digital revolution has fundamentally changed the way people think, behave, communicate, work and earn their livelihood:

  • New ways to create knowledge, educate people and disseminate information
  • Restructured the way the world conducts economic and business practices, runs governments and engages politically
  • Provided for the speedy delivery of humanitarian aid and healthcare, and a new vision for environmental protection
  • Created new avenues for entertainment and leisure


Especially by the widespread use of the internet the development towards a so-called information society is promoted:


A fundamental change from an industrial to information-based society is taking place.
This information revolution affects the way people live, learn and work and how governments interacts with civil society
(WSIS, 2003)


Further examples of this structural change are

  • the globalisation of companies and markets,
  • the development of new business models,
  • an extended usage of automatically gathered customer data,
  • the change of cost accountings by decreasing transaction costs,
  • Changes in the relationship between citizen and state/public administration (e.g. public services, electronic voting),
  • lifelong learning as a crucial factor,
  • new alternatives of mobile and global networked communication.


Obviously, this structural change - associated with positive expectations as well as with misgivings - raises serious regulation problems, which include

  • the access (e.g. supply/financing) of technical infrastructures
  • the competence of using media, tools and informations (e.g. problems of (further) education, "Digital Divide"), and especially
  • the regulation of rights and interests of involved actors in (online) transactions (e.g. privacy <-> personalization,electronic voting, freedom of information) This covers also the future development of and the relationship between regulation systems like laws, (social) norms, market mechanisms and technology.