5. Data collection and empirical results INTRODUCTION Cyber space is disordered and chaotic, but its well-defined set of rules is becoming more vigorous every day. It is not confined or restricted by geographic boundaries, which makes it difficult for it to be successfully regulated by geographically defined legislative systems. The rapid expansion of the Internet holds substantial promise for emerging and developing countries, which can benefit, to a great extent, from the Internet’s communication and information capacity to help meet their economic, social, and political needs. The increased speed of information generation to electronic media is making information resources generated anywhere in the world available to all global citizens of the world. Emerging and developing countries are the foremost beneficiaries of the recent revolution in communication and information technology. This revolution serves and can serve all sectors of society: the areas of education, health, social policy, commerce and trade, government, agriculture, communications, and research and development all are prime winners. The correlation between information, communication, and economic growth is well known, making the usefulness of networks nearly selfevident. Electronic networking is a strong, speedy, and economical way to communicate and to exchange information. When networks are available, collaboration among various entities and individuals, as well as countries, seems to come into being almost spontaneously. The growth of the online economy has been overwhelming, and is expected to reach US$10 trillion by 2010. In many countries, government and business entities have depended on the Internet to, among other things, decrease...
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