As with every advance in communication technology, the creation and interconnection of robust data networks is having a profound effect.Early data networks were limited to exchanging character-based information betweenconnected computer systems. Current networks have evolved to carry voice, videostreams, text, and graphics between many different types of devices. Previously separateand distinct communication forms have converged onto a common platform. This platform provides access to a wide range of alternative and new communication methodsthat enable people to interact directly with each other almost instantaneously.The immediate nature of communications over the Internet encourages the formation of global communities. These communities foster social interaction that is independent of location or time zone.Display Visual Media
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Technology is perhaps the most significant change agent in the world today, as it helps tocreate a world in which national borders, geographic distances, and physical limitations become less relevant, and present ever-diminishing obstacles. The creation of onlinecommunities for the exchange of ideas and information has the potential to increase productivity opportunities across the globe. As the Internet connects people and promotesunfettered communication, it presents the platform on which to run businesses, to addressemergencies, to inform individuals, and to support education, science, and government.
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