The Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) was set up in 1985 to conduct and disseminate research on the long-term economic and social issues posed by advances in information and communication technology. This social science research programme was sustained from 1985 through 1995 by two phases of research grants from the United Kingdom's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). PICT's six university research centres undertook a wide variety of research projects and activities over the ten-year duration of the programme. Through its workshops, conferences and forums, and through its extensive publications programme, PICT was able to bring the results of its research to the attention of government, policy makers, IT practitioners, and the public at large.
A two-volume synthesis of the PICT research has been published in Dutton, W. (1996), Information and Communication Technologies -- Visions and Realities (Oxford University Press), and Dutton, W. (1999), Society on the Line: Information Politics in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press). For further information about the PICT Centres, contact: