Information society refers to a society where modern information technologies are widely used and where information-related work and sectors have become highly significant economic activities. Time and money spent on consuming both established informational goods and services (e.g., mass media) and new ones (such as computers, mobile phones, and websites) are liable to become more significant—though there may be competition for consumers between and within old and new media.


The term information society (IS) was apparently first used in Japan in the 1960s. It became commonly employed in many Western countries in the 1980s, with many policymakers endorsing the term by setting up government departments or agencies, or at least strategy committees, concerned with IS policies. The European Union decided to label its program as dealing ...

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