The Global Course of the Information Revolution
Recurring Themes and Regional Variations
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Advances in information technology are heavily influencing ways in which business, society, and government work and function throughout the globe, bringing many changes to everyday life, in a process commonly termed the "information revolution." This book paints a picture of the state of the information revolution today — in its technological, business and financial, governmental, and social and cultural dimensions — and how it will likely progress in the near- to mid-term future (10 to 15 years). It focuses separately on different regions of the world-North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to these regional variations and projections, the authors look in depth at recurring themes in information technology's impact around the world, including, for example, its influence on business models and its relationship with social and cultural value systems. The research presented by the authors is the result of a multiyear, multidisciplinary effort of RAND and the National Intelligence Council.
Table of Contents
All Prefatory Materials
New Technology Developments Will Continually Drive the Information Revolution
The Information Revolution Is Enabling New Business Models That Are Transforming the Business and Financial Worlds
The Information Revolution Is Affecting Mechanisms of Governance and Empowering New Political Actors
The Information Revolution Both Shapes and Is Shaped by Social and Cultural Values in Significant Ways
Many Factors Shape and Characterize a Nation's Approach to the Information Revolution
North America Will Continue in the Vanguard of the Information Revolution
The Information Revolution Is Following a Somewhat Different and More Deliberate Course in Europe
Many Asia-Pacific Nations Are Poised to Do Well in the Information Revolution, Some Are Not
Latin America Faces Many Obstacles in Responding to the Information Revolution: Some Nations Will Rise to the Challenge, Others Will Not
Few Middle Eastern and North African Nations Will Fully Experience the Information Revolution, Some May Miss It Altogether
Most Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa Will Fall Further Behind in the Information Revolution
Some Additional Topics (A Brief Look)
Geopolitical Trends Furthered by the Information Revolution Could Pose Continuing Challenges to the United States
What Future Events Could Change These Projections?
The Information Revolution Is Part of a Broader Technology Revolution with Even Profounder Consequences