The Global Course of the Information Revolution

Political, Economic, and Social Consequences Proceedings of an International Conference

by Richard Hundley, Robert H. Anderson, Tora K. Bikson, James A. Dewar, Jerrold D. Green, Martin C. Libicki, C. Richard Neu


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RAND has embarked on a three-year effort, sponsored by the National Intelligence Council's Strategic Estimates Program, to chart the course of changes brought about by the information revolution over the next 10 to 20 years. As a first step, RAND convened in November 1999 an international conference on political/governmental, business/financial, and social/cultural trends. Across the diverse conference discussions, a shared vision emerged of an information revolution future of more "information work" and new business models, an increase in electronic commerce, challenges to the nation state, creation of a number of sub-, trans-, and supranational groupings, more porous borders, and new fault lines within and between nations. The world can expect increasing disparities (winners and losers), concerns about privacy, and effects on national cultures.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Figures

  • Tables

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements

  • Chapter 1


  • Part I

    Some Initial Considerations

  • Chapter 2

    Social and Organizational Consequences of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 3

    The Technology Underpinnings for the Information Revolution

  • Part II

    Various Dimensions of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 4

    The Political/Governmental Dimension of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 5

    The Business/Financial Dimension of the Information Revolution

  • Chapter 6

    The Social/Cultural Dimension of the Information Revolution

  • Part III

    How The Information Revolution May Play Out In Various Regions Of The World

  • Chapter 7

    Three National/Regional Shapshots

  • Chapter 8

    North, Central, and South America

  • Chapter 9


  • Chapter 10

    The Asia Pacific Region

  • Chapter 11

    Middle East, Africa, and South Asia

  • Part IV

    Concluding Remarks

  • Chapter 12

    Major Conference Themes: An Integration and Summary

  • Chapter 13

    What Comes Next

  • Appendix A

    Conference Participants

  • Appendix B

    Conference Agenda

  • Bibliography

The study was prepared for the National Intelligence Council under the auspices of RAND's National Defense Research Institute.

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