Globalization and Spatial Mobilities
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Globalization and Spatial Mobilities

Commodities and People, Capital, Information and Technology

Aharon Kellerman

Presenting a comparative examination of five major voluntary global movements: commodities, people, capital, information and technology, this book traces and develops discussions of globalization and spatial mobility. The book further covers the means and media used for these mobilities: ports and ships, airports and airplanes, international banking electronic media, and the Internet, telephony and TV. Two concluding chapters focus on the mobile globe, highlighting present and future global mobility in general, and the relationships among the five global mobilities, in particular.
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Chapter 9: Global information mobility

Aharon Kellerman

Abstract

The introduction and massive adoption of communications devices and technologies, notably the Internet and the smartphone, has turned the global transmission of information into a most dominant element of global mobilities. Thus, the focus in this chapter is on numerous dimensions of the global transmission of information: limits, volumes, directions, transmitters, purposes, channels, structures and impacts. The chapter begins with an introductory discussion of the general notion of information and its components. This classification of information is followed by a conceptual elaboration of global information transmissions and their limits, proceeded by an exposition of the volumes of global information and its transmissions. The chapter then moves to the presentation of the global geographical structure of cross-border information flows, followed by elaborations on their economic impacts. The presentation of global information flows is completed by a focus on global information flows as generated by individuals.

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