Asia’s Interdisciplinary and Global Forum in the Field
New communication technologies are having a significant impact on society as a whole and playing very dominant roles in our every aspects of people’s life. The rapid advances in the field have paved the way for an abundance of new applications, services as well as research. Today, the continuous innovation of technology, the expansion of communication platforms, and the diversification of communication contents are changing social policy and practice, moving us closer towards an information society with all its positive impacts and negative consequences. The latest digital communication technology has brought the significant changes to information senders and receivers, information channels and contents, and communication effects, etc. In addition to facilitating the economic development and social wealth creation, information and communication technologies also play irreplaceable roles in the process of establishing harmonious cultures, forming public opinion, and implementing new of social experiments.
However, attention needs to be paid to several new challenges and risks associated with diffusion of information and communication technologies in society such as its’ impacts on social interactions, Internet ethics and security, and digital humanities, particularly in Asia, where has the largest numbers of communication technology users and the highly developed technology sector. Therefore, while information communication technology research in Western countries has been at the center stage in the field, there is an opportunity for Asia-based scholars to be front-runners in conducting interdisciplinary research into the challenges of ICTs in Asian contexts.
The Journal of Information Society takes on the mission to engage scholars across disciplines in a forward-looking dialogue with regard to information communication technology that can contributes to social progress and development of communication research in Asia. My vision is to further grow the international reach of the journal, building it into an interdisciplinary and global forum for the examination of issues concerning the information society in Asia, thereby, increasing the journal’s influence in the field.
Ran Wei, Ph.D.