Human-Technology Interface in Philippine People Power

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Social psychologist Albert Bandura (2001) suggests that new technologies play a major role in changing the very nature of human influence. Bandura further claims that human functioning and technology form a duality in that “the very technologies they create to control their life environment, paradoxically, can become a constraining force that, in turn, controls how they think and behave” (Bandura, 2001, p. 17). Human agency in the form of nonviolent civic engagement has arisen alongside rapid developments in new technologies. In this age of pervasive and ubiquitous computing, peace scholars as well as technology researchers have delved into the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their potential role in active nonviolence (Ackerman & Duvall, 2000; Downey & Fenton, 2003; Eng, 1998; Foss & Larkin, 1986; Martin, 2001; Rheingold, 2002; Wilhelm, 2000). Pool (1984) recognized that technologies are not neutral.