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

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)
Planned developments in the computer and communication fields
General social impact of the computer/communication revolution
Impact on organizations
Nature of meetings 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 and periodicals
Fund 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 preassure groups or responding to crises
The individual faced witha highly complex changing organizational environment
Safeguards and privacy

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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.

organizations which can use them to maximize their contributionto the development process.