ERIC Number: ED242641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The International Information Revolution.
Certain characteristics of information make it a crucial resource in today's world. Unlike material resources such as coal and steel, information is expandable, easily transportable, diffusive, and shareable. Because of these properties of information, the new "information age" has already begun to challenge some of mankind's most comfortable assumptions: the concepts of ownership, management, military strategy, and State. In the information age, the concept of ownership and control has changed, as evidenced by the U.S. Supreme Court decision that film companies are not protected from individual videocassette recorder owners taping television shows. Military policy, based on keeping secret the information about strategies and arms, is equally vulnerable in the information age. New technology will ultimately change the concept of world power. Traditionally, those with the best knowledge have had control over the rest of mankind. Now that information can be spread quickly and easily, traditional power monopolies will erode. Traditionally poor nations (those with unfavorable geography and geology) will have opportunities equal to the traditionally more favored nations, as the example of Japan implies. The information age may also lead to a redefinition of civilization as communities of peoples rather than of places. For higher education, this new age will necessitate a redefinition of scope from narrow, specialized education to education for breadth: the development of citizens with a global perspective. (LP)
Descriptors: Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Science, Intellectual Property, Military Science, Political Influences, Resources, Revolution, Social Change, Technological Advancement, World Affairs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Seminar on State, Nation and Religion (Haifa, Israel, March 15, 1984).