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 technology has helped to bridge gaps and distances between people in connecting one another.  Social networking sites have transformed how people around the world connect to and with one another.  Consider the protesters in Iran this summer.  Students who felt that the Presidential Election was not legitimate took to Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the outside world.  The government had control of the radio and television, but could not stop the social networking forces brought on by the Information Revolution to bring the students' message out to the world.  The need for a cell phone and a streaming internet connection has reached to the most isolated domains of the world, bringing them into the discussion and discourse.

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Besides the obvious benefits to education and the exchange of information, think about how the internet has revolutionized banking - bill pay online, online banking, money transfers, international transactions available to individuals with the click of a button - all of these things have changed economics for good.

In developing countries, this gives them a relatively cheap and easy way to gather information as well as to communicate with the outside world.  It has made the government more efficient and able to share technology and information from the outside world.

Socially, I could argue that it's made humans on average spend less time in face to face or voice to voice communication, and more electronic communication - email, text, bulletin board, etc.  In this case, you and I are interacting on this subject as teacher and student, but will likely never meet or speak to each other directly.  This has both benefits and drawbacks.  One could also say this has made us less patient as a society - we tend to want information instantly, and if we can't get it, we view it as a real inconvenience and we get easily frustrated.

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This very service that you are using now is an example of how the Information Revolution has changed the way business is conducted and services are provided.  I have no idea where you are, yet I am, I hope, helping you.

Developing countries have gotten new opportunities due to the changes in communication technology.  The most famous of these are things like call centers in India where the new technology allows people there to interact with people in the US.  There are also firms that do software engineering (for example) there and send the work back to the US via email.

Privacy has become a huge issue because of the internet.  It has become simpler for criminals to steal people's identities through such things as phishing scams.  Children are now more at risk from stalkers who can find them on social networking sites like Facebook.

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