09 - Changing geography due to the information revolution -...

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Changing geography due to the information revolution - Current revolution is an ongoing one, capacity for information has been growing consistently - Rise of the internet and the world wide web o By 1999 there were roughly 200 million people connected, today there are over 200 million people connected in China alone Development of the internet and the World Wide Web - Really a history of the last 20 years - Designed as something to allow information and communication to survive a nuclear holocaust - ARPA: sent first message in 1972 o Different from radio, telephone, because it used a decentralized method of transmission - 1990 saw the sharing of scientific documents, largely at universities - 1993 was the first time something was introduced that resembles internet today o Sharing of documents regardless of format - Development of e-commerce because of decreased price of computers In what ways can we consider this transformative in international politics? - Spatial change: new structures for communication in which geographic distance is of little to no importance o Paul Baram: first to consider it a truly new type of communication - Temporal change: speeding up of communication o Instantaneousness of connection o Delinkage of transmission of information from geographic locations Stands apart from any real world physical objects (no paper)
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