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The Information Society and the Welfare StateThe Finnish Model$
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Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256990.001.0001

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The Local Information Society

The Local Information Society

Spatial Dynamics, Information Technology, and Public Policy

(p.103) Chapter 5 The Local Information Society
The Information Society and the Welfare State

Manuel Castells

Pekka Himanen

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the spatial dynamics that influences the effectiveness of Finland's information society. The populations in different areas of the country and how these fluctuate over time are discussed. The second part of the chapter deals with technological aspect in connection with geography, how the information technology businesses are distributed throughout the country and the number of internet providers available in each municipality. Analyses of the statists provided in the chapter points out that the metropolitan areas remain divided and are prioritized according to the divisions of suburbs, periphery, and centre. The numerous challenges that the public sector and policy should address are derived from the analysis of the spatial dynamics of the area. The chapter ends by briefly discussing several initiatives by the government to solve geographical constraints to the citizen's access to information technology.

Keywords:   information technology, spatial dynamics, public sector, internet providers, geography, metropolitan areas, policy

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