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There are few ways of checking it and few of controlling it. Information is not knowledge and misinformation creates a lot of noise in knowledge creation. For trade unions, this may have a profound effect on the outcome of collective bargaining or campaigning on speciﬁc issues. Those who see the internet purely in terms of its libertarian character fail to see the wood of relevance and truth for the glut of information trees. Accordingly, they risk breaking the essential connection between information and the ability to act on it effectively.
It can, and should, be so used. It is important always to bear in mind that vested, nonunion (and sometimes anti-union) interests have developed the internet. This has led to an imbalance of access to and use of ICTs whereby many are excluded and others have information provided which is distorted in various ways. Globalization and the information society The development of the information society has had a largely negative impact on the trade union movement. The use of ICTs, along with other new technologies, has diminished its inﬂuence in the industrialized countries and hindered growth in the industrializing world.
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Access Denied in the Information Age by Stephen Lax (eds.)