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The Strategic Role of ICTs in the European Union Society of Citizens

Author(s) Kamarianos, J., Spinthourakis, J.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper investigates what ICTs bring to the discussion of European citizenship: ICTs are not neutral in this, but have a fundamental formative character. The nature of the ‘digital machine’ allows it to manufacture identity and participate in the organisation of society, strategically contributing to the process of assimilation. The deconstruction and redefinition of frameworks can be seen in the cancellation of time and space as points of identity reference. The challenge of the sovereignty of technocratic discourse is the concern of not just technologists, but also social scientists and teachers. Access to and intelligent use of ICTs in the formation of a European society of citizens depends on the role given to ICTs by those responsible for citizenship education.

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