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Hardcover | Out of Print | 246 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 1999 | ISBN: 9780262140669
Paperback | $26.00 X | £20.95 | 246 pp. | 6 x 9 in | February 2000 | ISBN: 9780262640428
eBook | $19.00 X | February 2000 | ISBN: 9780262324861
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Information Ecologies

Using Technology with Heart


The common rhetoric about technology falls into two extreme categories: uncritical acceptance or blanket rejection. Claiming a middle ground, Bonnie Nardi and Vicki O'Day call for responsible, informed engagement with technology in local settings, which they call information ecologies.An information ecology is a system of people, practices, technologies, and values in a local environment. Nardi and O'Day encourage the reader to become more aware of the ways people and technology are interrelated. They draw on their empirical research in offices, libraries, schools, and hospitals to show how people can engage their own values and commitments while using technology.

About the Author

Bonnie A. Nardi is Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and Cofounder of Center for Research in Sustainability, Collapse-preparedness, and Information Technology there. She is the coauthor of Acting with Technology (MIT Press).


“"[A] new and refreshing perspective on our technologically dependent society. . . . Information Ecologies is an antidote to our current infection: our unquestioning acceptance of, and dependence upon, technology. Nardi and O'Day demonstrate how technology can have a more humane face when handled properly and integrated into a social environment where the human factor isn't ignored." David Howell , Daily Telegraph”