Computerized Conferencing: A Review and Statement of Issues

  • Murray Turoff
  • Starr Roxanne Hiltz
Part of the Nato Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 6)


A computer mediated communication system for dispersed human groups was first designed and implemented in 1970, at the Office of Emergency Preparedness at the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Since that time, a variety of computerized conferencing and related systems have been designed and implemented, and we have begun to understand the opportunities, limitations, and issues which are raised when one uses the computer to facilitate and structure complex human communication processes. In this paper, we will review the nature of computerized conferencing systems, past, present and future, and then focus on a few key policy, research and evaluation issues which are raised by this new form of telecommunication. In treating these issues, we will give our own, often controversial views. Because of space limitations, we will not attempt to present opposing points of view.


Emergency Preparedness Communication Space Interpretive Structure Model Conferencing System Computer Mediate Communication 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Murray Turoff
    • 1
  • Starr Roxanne Hiltz
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer Science and Director of the Computerized Conferencing and Communications CenterNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Sociology and AnthropologyUpsala CollegeUSA
  3. 3.associate. Center for Technology AssessmentNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyUSA

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