This book considers the human implications of the introduction of information technology (IT), with particular reference to work and home, employment, industrial relations, citizenship and leisure. It begins with a discussion of the nature of IT, the interface between society and technology, and the importance of technological choice. Two main perspectives - "optimistic" and "pessimistic" - are presented, and a distinction is made between those who see IT as a new industrial revolution and those who view it more as a social product. The book does not primarily discuss IT in terms of what it can "do" but rather considers the human implications stemming from its application. Unlike a "hard" technology book, it does not aim to be specific and precise because there are widely differing views as to what the human effects will be. But the book tries to balance and synthesise these various standpoints in a readable, non-technical way which should appeal to both the specialist and general reader alike.