Commodities and People, Capital, Information and Technology
Chapter 9: Global information mobility
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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