When Computers Became of Interest in Politics

  • Sten Henriksson
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 174)


Technical progress was for a long time uncontroversial in the Scandinavian left and labor movements. World events like the American war in Vietnam and a new Zeitgeist changed this at the end of the sixties and politically aware computer enthusiasts started seeing computers in a new light. Three themes were central in the Swedish discussion: the IBM hegemony, computers, personal privacy, and the threat to democratic development by a changed balance of power. Swedish debate at the time is from a personal point of view.

Key words

Sweden computers government politics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sten Henriksson
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  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentLund UniversityLundSweden

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