The Impact of the Communication and Technological Revolution on World Peace Essay

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The Impact of the Communication and Technological Revolution on World Peace August 2007 Table of Contents Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 3 General Discussion ……………………………………………………………………………………..3 What is Peace ……………………………………………………………………………………………..3 What is Information Communication Technology ICT ……………………………………4 ICT in Today’s World……………………………………………………………………………………5 The Negative Impacts of ICT ………………………………………………………………………..6 Case Study - Sierra Leone …………………………………………………………………………….8 Case Study - Sudan …………………………………………………………………………………….11 Conclusions ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 12 Bibliography …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 13 Introduction: If someone was to consider how they would go about achieving world peace, the first thing they might say is, “end all wars” or “be more tolerant of others” or “end starvation”. Great consideration is given to protecting people, ending the causes of strife, spreading equality and democracy. However one of the major influences on world peace which is given very little consideration, not because it is unimportant, but because it is so much a part of our everyday lives we often overlook it, is communication and technological revolution [ICTs are part of the everyday life in industrialized countries and among the political/economic elites in less industrialized ones. Remember that proportionally the large majority of the world population, although it may be impacted by the technological and communication revolution, they do not have actual access to these technologies]. The question must therefore be asked, what role Information Communication Technology (ICT) and the technological revolution plays in impacting on world peace? There is a lot of reference material that would argue that

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