Citizenship and Ecomodernisation in the Information Society. Futures Approach (FUTU)

The objective of the FUTU Project was to study the emergence and development of the concept and practise of the information society, and the social and political impacts of information society and information technology. The project embraces various spheres and levels of social activity (including democracy, education, conduct of life and marginalisation). Other themes included the dynamics, possibilities and hazards involved in the interplay between the information society and sustainable development.

The focal points of the project were also social marginalisation and the fulfilment of teledemocracy; the diversity of education; the study of adolescents' images of the future and of everyday life as shaped by the media; and changes in the risk profile of ecological modernisation and the society. The general framework was the futures approach and the late-modern transformation of the society. The subprojects also served to produce information which can be utilised in Finnish education and environmental policy-making and in the development of working life.

The various studies were made under the project and furthered our understanding of the relationship of citizens and decision-makers to information technology and new communication media. The project workers produced several doctoral dissertations and published its own publication series.

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 FUTU Dissertations:

Wilenius Markku (1997) Faust on Wheels. Conceptualizing Modernization and Global Climate Change. The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters and The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Helsinki. 170 p.

Keskinen, Auli (1999) Towards User Empowerment. On Development of Utilization of Information and Communications Technology in Decision Making of Administrations. Doctoral dissertation. Studia Politica Tamperensis No.6. University of Tampere. Department of Political Science and International Relations. 295 p.

Viherä, Marja-Liiisa (1999) Ihminen tietoyhteiskunnassa. Kansalaisten viestintävalmiudet kansalaisyhteis-kunnan mahdollistajana. [People and Information Society. The Citizens' Communication Skills and the Opening of New Prospects for the Civil Society]. Turun kauppakorkeakoulun julkaisuja. Sarja A-1: 1999. Turku. 365 s.

Heinonen, Sirkka (1999) Prometheus Revisited. Human Interaction with Nature through Technology in Seneca. University of Helsinki. Yliopistopaino, Helsinki. 227 p.

Rubin, Anita (2000) Growing Up in Social Transition: In Search of a Late Modern Identity. Annales Universitatis Turkuensis. Ser. B. Tom. 234. Humaniora. University of Turku, Turku. 204 p.

Kaivo-oja, Jari (2004) Analyses of Historical and Future Problems of Sustainable Development: Research Articles in Spatial Sustainability Analysis, Planning and Evaluation. Acta Universitatis Tamperensis 1038, University of Tampere, Tampere. PhD Dissertation. Acta Electronica Universitatis Tamperensis 385. 434 p.