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The New Digital Age

The Internet is the largest experiment involving anarchy in history. Hundreds of millions of people are, each minute, creating and consuming

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The Internet is the largest experiment involving anarchy in history. Hundreds of millions of people are, each minute, creating and consuming an untold amount of digital content in an online world that is not truly bound by terrestrial laws. This new capacity for free expression and free movement of information has generated the rich virtual landscape we know today. Through the power of technology and abstract examples for research paper, age-old obstacles to human interaction, like geography, language and limited information, are falling and a new wave of human creativity and potential is rising.

The internet alongside other information technologies and telecommunication devices has changed the world into a new virtual space, where interaction is not limited. The advent of information technology has changed many aspects of human life. Access to information and dissemination has taken a totally new form with the internet connectivity around. Therefore, the internet and its counterparts have not only created a virtual space of interaction, but also made information accessible all over the world. Through connectivity, geographical barriers, which formally limited the interaction ability of human beings, are no longer a challenge. With an ease in interaction, the ways of people`s life have taken new forms and shapes. People can easily communicate with other people from all locations in the world. Moreover, such people have a lot of power. Yes, power. Information is power, and if an individual can access any information from all over the world then such a person is influential, even if to a small extent. Therefore, the advent of the internet has not only created information mobility, but also empowered common people against each other as well as against states. 

Human beings are embracing the virtual space in an attempt to fit globalization. Globalization requires people to embrace ways and means which will enable them to interact with others from far away; the virtual space of the internet is one of such ways. Similar to globalization, the virtual space created by the internet has brought people across the globe together. As much the virtual space is a tool to enhance globalization, it is also a form of globalization. That is globalization in the virtual world of communication. People get to learn the cultures of other regions through the virtual space. Since the virtual space has created a platform for interaction, people create relations with other people from other locations all over the world and through such relationships, they get to appreciate the diversity of culture and the cultural beliefs held by others. Another way the virtual space of the internet enhances cultural appreciation is through availing information related to various cultures. People learn volumes of data concerning other cultures on the internet. When people understand aspects and beliefs pertaining to other cultures, they accept and appreciate them.

Truly the internet is the utmost trial in history through which bulks of information are created and flow freely in the public domain. Education and research have become a matter of the screen. Students and researchers access information relating to all topics and subjects on the internet. With the virtual space, it is now possible for students to access class work online, attend classes online and participate in virtual classes. The future of education seems to be inclining towards virtual learning. The world is moving towards actualization of the virtual space. Education is one aspect of life that is embracing the virtual space greatly.

The power of the virtual world created by the advent of the internet is clearly felt in different ways. People are offered with new business opportunities, academic upgrade and research, government issues, incorporating crime and terrorism etc. It is important to consider how information technology (or the internet) has changed these aspects of human life. Everything has changed and almost everything has become simplified through the virtual space.

People are embracing the advent of technology in a surprising manner. People of all ages, from children to the elderly, use such devices as computers and smartphones to access the virtual world. Developing countries are not left behind in the move to embrace technology. On every continent, people are struggling to set up infrastructure that will affect the new digital age. Such moves prove that the digital age is of great help in the various spheres of life. For example, in 2009 investors and professionals were working on how to implement technological advancements in Iraq, after being in war for six years. They argued that the advent of technology would help fix the country torn by the war and put it back on its feet. It was also surprising that most people in Iraq, at that time, who could hardly afford essentials, were trying to acquire mobile phones. The Internet connectivity has played a significant part in reconstructing such countries as Iraq. War-affected nations are, usually, under fiscal and travel restrictions. People are not permitted to move from one region to another. Therefore, it is impossible for such people to acquire information on what other countries are doing to steer development. Thanks to the internet, even without a physical ability to travel from or to Iraq, investors and professionals have been able to access information that helped them rebuild their country. Through the communication platforms available on the internet, such as social media, Skype, and video conferencing, people in Iraq have acquired important information and recommendations, essential for reconstructing their country. In addition, there are all sorts of information concerning conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation online. It is also possible to contract strategic planners to aid the healing process of such countries.

The creation, dissemination and consumption of information online have changed the face of business. Currently people conduct business, communicate with companies, book hotels and flights via the internet. In fact, there is less movement now. Job hunting is done online. Various companies and organizations are advertising vacancies on their respective websites. Those seeking employment just spend time on the internet visiting websites where employers post ads. There are companies that provide others with internet marketing services. The system used by internet marketers is simple; generating traffic to adverts so that those surfing the internet will be directed to view products sale posters. For instance, Google and Yahoo help companies advertise and are paid for this. The business world has changed in many ways thanks to the virtual space that people enjoy. Most transactions are made online, breaking mobility barriers. For instance, software and other computer applications can be purchased online. International business is conducted online and established infrastructures are used for delivery. It is possible to transfer money overseas online. Online money transfer boosts the mobility of money, a system thanks to which a person in Africa can receive cash from another person, for example, in Europe. Many specialists in computer technology are inventing online payment systems like Paypal, MoneyGram, Mpesa, wire transfer, E-gold, and Western Union among others. The internet is the platform via which they operate. Money transfer systems have addressed insecurity cases. Money is carried in cards and mobile phones. Transactions are made without involvement of physical cash, thus, handling money is no longer an enormous issue as before.

Currently, cybercrime and cyber-terrorism are mentioned every day. As life keeps changing, law-breaking is also taking a new dimension. There are new platforms for committing crime. The info that can be found on the internet is constantly used by criminals. Think of many customers who have got their visa card details retrieved from a company`s system and used to purchase goods or to withdraw money from their bank accounts. It is not only the customers but also companies who suffer from cybercrime. They are losing billions of dollars to cyber criminals. The virtual nature of the internet world makes it difficult and at times impossible to curb such crimes. The internet has enabled people to access information when they are miles away from the target; therefore, to get such people is unfeasible. Furthermore, due to the dynamics of the internet world, which is constantly changing, it is tricky for companies to protect themselves from cybercrime. The internet technology is quickly changing, becoming more and more advanced. It would require companies to keep updating their systems every nine months to ensure safety from cybercrimes. This is practically impossible in the real world. Therefore, the internet world supersedes the physical world.

The technology world that humans have created is quickly overtaking them. With continuous advancements and improvements in the speed of computing devices, as well as the increased access to the internet around the planet, the internet era is getting to limits that humans can’t control things that happen. Initially, governments and states had authority over the information people could access, but not anymore. With the widespread internet connectivity, people access all sorts of info, which makes them powerful in a certain way. Governments have limited or zero control of info flow and people are happy that they possess authority which governments can’t control or regulate. Nevertheless, such victories are never long lasting. Similarly to the inability of governments to control information flow, people can no longer control what the internet can do and is doing. People have become subjects of the same weapon they developed. With advancements of the computing devises the speed of which triples every eighteen months, and the advancements of the internet networks speed, which double every nine months, the virtual world of the internet is out of human control. This trend keeps developing, thus, in ten years from now the world will be controlled by the virtual space.

It is apparent that the internet has created a virtual world, that empowers people through information and interaction and it is not bound by terrestrial and geographical barriers. It is also true that the internet has allowed people to create, transmit and consume data volumes and information, a form of free expression, strengthening human creativity and potential. Free movement of information is a source of strength as well as weakness, as human creativity opens up the real world to attacks through the virtual space. A lot of info is available online, and tele-technologies allow free interaction over a wide range of platforms. People can interact freely, regardless of their location and language through the virtual space. People are actualization of the virtual space; they are manifesting it into real life aspects and situations. The future is inclining towards the actualization of the virtual space. Everything will be running through the virtual space and people will only attend to unavoidable matters physically.



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