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How has the Information Revolution changed life in the United States and the developing world? Consider* *how the ways that business is conducted and services are provided have changed *what new opportunities have come about for developing countries *what privacy issues have been as a result of recent technologies

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The Information Revolution was about easy access to information. That can both be a blessing and a curse. Information can be stolen much more easily when it is digitized. It's easier to hack a computer from halfway around the world than to break in and pick a lock or crack a safe.

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The reality of globalization, a reality that has transformed life all over the world, was due in large part to the Information Revolution.  The previous post was accurate in that enotes, this particular service, and other online forums have helped to transform the notion of teaching and learning.  Information...

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Information revolution has greatly influenced the the personal, economic and industrial activities of people all over the world including USA and developing countries.

The greatest influence of computers, at least the visible influence has been because of improvement in speed and quality of communication at ever reducing costs. We often associate information with stand alone computers such as lap tops and personal computers, but reality is that computers in particular and information technology in general is used in so many of the products we use. In particular, devices and systems like mobile telephones are depend heavily on information technology and use sophisticated computing devices for their operation.

When we realise this ubiquitous nature of information technology, its impact on life of people becomes very evident. For example, India has on average one mobile phone per 2 person. In this way it is almost impossible for an average person in India to remain unaffected by information technology.

Some of the more prominent way in which the information technology is directly impacting personal lives of people include the following.

  • Use of many devices such as mobile phones, and entertainment devices making heavy use of information technology.
  • Use of Internet for general communication as well as for obtaining information, buying/selling, banking, job hunting, and other similar activities.
  • Using devices such as ATM and automatic vending machines installed by commercial and other establishments.

Nature of opportunities offered by information technology to developing countries is essentially same as those for other countries. These opportunities include the following:

  • Improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of industrial and business processes.
  • Improvement in performance of computer products and services.
  • Development of new products based primarily on use of computer technology - for example, computer games.

Privacy issues have become very important with development of information technology because of so many people disclosing personal information on systems such as Internet with free access and because of information technology it self which may be employed to access and misuse sensitive personal data.

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The information revolution has made the world seem to have become a very small place.   The Internet has placed information at everyone's finger tips.  Businesses are able to conduct on-line communication allowing for virtual communication.  Meetings are able to be held on line through video conferencing.  Information can be presented by screen and can be sent through e-mail to other computers and even cell phones.  People sucha as my self are able to go on a vacation and continue to work while enbjoying the company of others.

Home education and education on the go have increased the opportunities for the labor market to advance their skills.  College degrees are a finger tap away which helps to produce a more educated population.

Privacy issues have developed as hackers have learned to invade websites and gain information.  People are plagued with identity theft and on-line credit card theft.  Personal information can be obtained from companies and others.  In terms of schools, social websites have allowed colleges to screen their student's stories and information.        

In other countries the communication has allowed for positions to expand as the companies have quicker more accurate means of obtaining and sharing information.  Developing countries have also had on line education and teleprompter teachers teach students exposing them to opportunities they would not have.  They can even take virtual museum trips.   

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