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The major restrictions on access operate at a number of levels, all of which must be addressed as ongoing, not one-off, issues. Each level has ramifications for trade unions nationally and internationally and prevents the democratic use of ICTs both within unions and in society generally. Among these, three levels of access are especially pertinent to trade unions and can be summarized as: • Information quality and quantity • Technological infrastructure • Availability of skills The quantity and quality of information There is a surfeit of information on the internet and the danger of ‘information overload’ is a very real one.

While LA might therefore be expected to have higher than average levels of penetration, it nevertheless demonstrated the significance of the pager to this mobile, freeway-oriented population. Secondly, the qualitative response to our survey was one of remarkable interest. 2). Even those without pagers were interested in the technology and the blackout, which was covered well by the mass media, and this coverage was central in informing people of the pager problem. In our survey, 90 per cent of the pager owners (226 of the 250) were aware of the blackout, and 92 per cent of these 226 were informed of the situation by the television, newspaper or radio.

Technoscience, especially those aspects to do with the body, was perceived as dangerous, a source of disempowerment for women. The Dialectic of Sex (Firestone 1970) was the only exception to this. This book was a radical demand for a sexual and cultural revolution, based on an ‘enlightened’ use of technology. For Firestone, cybernetics, ‘cybernation’ and ‘artificial’ reproduction held the key to gender equality. She probably deserves the title of ‘First Cyberfeminist’ because her work prefigures postmodern writings on gender and technoscience.

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