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Impact of the Computer / Communication / Information Revolution on Non-governmental Organizations

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Impact of the Computer / Communication / Information Revolution on Non-governmental Organizations
Planned developments in the computer and communication fields
General social impact of the computer/communication revolution
Impact on organizations
1. Nature of meetings and conferences
2. Control and tempo of organizations
3. Research and survey activities
4. Voting procedures and the concept of an organization
5. Long-term decision-making
6. New organization constitutions and agreements
7. Conference organization
8. Inter-organization links and collaboration
9. Consultation between organizations
10. Membership oriented organizations
11. Organizations with several levels of membership
12. Production of newsletters and periodicals
13. Fund location and allocation
14. Programme budgeting
15. Organizations directly involved in the development process or concerned with the detection of new problem areas
16. Organizations forming ad hoc preassure groups or responding to crises
17. The individual faced witha highly complex changing organizational environment
18. Safeguards and privacy
19. Timing
Conclusion

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and their members during the Second United Nations Development Decade (1970-1980) and in the foreseeable future: an attempt at a socio-technological forecast of the impact of computers and communication devices on local, national and international associations involved in the development process


Paper submitted for the 11th Conference of Non-governmental Organizations in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (Geneva, 9-11 July 1969) [11/GC/21]: Agenda item 11: Second United Nations Development Decade: Opportunities and co-operation for NGO participation. (Printed as: Communication and International Organizations, International Associations, 1970, 2, pp. 67-70; PDF version)
Introduction
Planned developments in the computer and communication fields
General social impact of the computer / communication / communication revolution
Impact on organizations
-- Nature of meeting and conferences
-- Control and tempo of organizations
-- Research and survey activities
-- Voting procedures and the concept of an organization
-- Long-term decision-making
-- New organization constitutions and agreements
-- Conference organization
-- Inter-organization links and collaboration
-- Consultation between organizations
-- Membership oriented organizations
-- Organizations with several levels of membership
-- Production of newsletters, periodicals and bibliographies
-- Funds location and allocation
-- Programme budgeting
-- Organizations directly involved in the development process or concerned with the detection of new problem areas
-- Organizations forming ad hoc pressure groups or responding to crisis
-- The individual faced with a highly complex changing organisational environment
-- Safeguards and privacy
-- Timing
Conclusion

Introduction

The next ten years, the period of the United Nations Second Development Decade, will see changes in the field of computers, communication and information processing whose impact on society and organisations is not well understood. This note is an attempt to pick out some possible consequences for international organizations which can use them to maximize their contributionto the development process.


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