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Department
Political Science
Course
Political Science 1020E
Professor
Charles Jones
Semester
Winter

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Global Information Politics © Nigmendra Narain Global Information Revolution  Schumpeter: ‘creative destruction’ – the new things that comes out destroys the use of the old thing.  Gramsci: the old is dying, the new is waiting to be borne.  Information and communication technology (ICT): radio, TV, cellphones, computers, Internet, etc. Digital Divide  Vast majority of world’s population is NOT on the ICT or the ‘information highway’ o 885 million computers = 12% of world’s population (assumes unique ownership of each computer) o 800 million TVs o 3.3 billion cellphones = 47% of world’s population (assumes unique ownership of cellphones) o 200 million Internet users in China = 20% of China’s population o 1.9 billion Internet uses in 2000 = 28% of world’s population o 58% of developed states’ high-income population use the Internet o Everyone you probably know is on the Internet but that’s a VERY SMALL fraction of the World!  Manuel Castells’ o ‘networked society’ o ‘information economy’ o ‘new international division of labour’  1. High-value information labour  2. High-volume low cost labour  3.
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