Sozioinformatik … Social Informatics

Von Menschen und technischen Systemen … About People and Technology


Social informatics deals with the interrelationship of information and communication technology and social change. This affects individuals, groups, (international) organizations (companies, public authorities, associations, etc.) plus local communities, states and international communities of states. 


The task of social informatics is to support by research and development the design, implementation and maintenance of information systems for the benefit of individuals, groups and society, so that those who develop, build, sell and maintain these systems tailor technology to people and not conversely. To afford this, social informatics builds upon disciplines such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, historical sciences, economics, law and – of course – computer sciences. 


Especially the World Wide Web and the Internet have a lasting effect on our daily life: Web 1.0 (static data presentation), Web 2.0 (the reader turns into a player, for instance in social media), Web 3.0 (semantic) and the Internet of Things, Internet 4.0. 


(translated from Sozioinformatik, 2021, pp 20-21)