Perfect Information and the Net Bazaar (2000)

“Will the Internet transform the role of the middle-man creating friction-free capitalism or will it transform the very nature of capitalism by creating a global peoples’ market?” asks Sohail Inayatullah While asking for a fare quote, my travel agent responded: “I’ll call you back, I have to check the Internet.” I thought, wait a second, […]

Impact of New Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on Socioeconomic and Educational Development of Africa and the Asia-Pacific (2000)

A PILOT STUDY Levi Obijiofor and Sohail Inayatullah with Tony Stevenson EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This preliminary research on ICT adoption in Africa and the Asia-Pacific suggests that there are serious barriers to their use in educational and socioeconomic development, such as issues of infrastructure support, access to the ICTs, training and skills development, and hierarchical social […]

Home Alone and Stuck in the Office (1999)

SOHAIL INAYATULLAH (Australian Financial Review, October 1, 1999). Far from being fun, working from home may increase domestic pressures and social isolation, writes Sohail Inayatullah. John Worthington works from home. He saves on petrol and gets to spend more time with his children and his wife. He drives to his inner-city office once or twice […]

Will Our Children Have Jobs in the Future? (1999)

Youths have no future, but there are ways in which we can create jobs and hope with them, says Sohail Inayatullah. “Why should I care about the future,” says Mark Stuart. While only 25, he has seen most of his childhood friends killed off from heroin and violence.  Most, especially the males remain  underemployed  and […]

The Cyber Butterfly Effect Nets Political Change (1999)

By Sohail Inayatullah Lobbying is normally associated with shady back-room deals, with lobbyists waiting outside the halls of power, hoping to get a minister or legislator to listen to their position. However, this process can now become more transparent and can empower those who previously felt they were merely subject to the decisions of their […]

Say You Want a Revolution, or Five (1999)

By Sohail Inayatullah  For centuries, world politics has been organised around nations and their official functionaries — with artificial borders drawn up, separating French from German, Australian from New Zealander. But this could all be blown away as technology and political movements reshape our understanding of world governance.    We are in the midst of […]

The Rights of Your Robots (1998)

Exclusion and Inclusion in History and Future By Sohail Inayatullah “The Rights of Your Robots: the Politics of Exclusion and Inclusion in History and Future”, in Edmund Ryden, ed., Human Rights and Values in East Asia (Taiwan, Fujen Catholic University, 1998), 143-162 (also at: Many years ago in the folly of youth, I wrote […]

From Silences to Global Conversations (1998)

From Billions Of Silences To Global Civilizational Conversations: Exclusion and communication in the information era By Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milojevic (A version of this appeared in Transforming Communication edited by Sohail Inayatullah and Susan Leggett. Westport, Ct, Praeger, 2002) Many claim that with the advent of the web and internet, the future has arrived. […]