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By George Sciadas [About the author]

This paper represents a new direction in Information Society research and analysis, in an attempt to begin to address the socio-economic outcomes and impacts of information and communications technology (ICT). While Statistics Canada has collected measures of ICT readiness and intensity for some time now, indicators of ICT outcomes are still in the early stages of development.

The main objective of this paper is to examine issues related to outcomes of ICT. In doing so, the paper ‘debunks’ some of the predicted outcomes of the widespread use of ICTs in everyday life using a variety of statistical information and factual evidence.  It also begins to address some of the longer-term impacts of ICT on people’s behaviour, which are often more difficult to detect and impute back to their origins.