Evolution, not revolution The digital divide in American and Australian contexts

Stuart Murray*

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Abstract

Revolutions in information and communication technology (ICT) can have a profound impact on the relations between people, nations and institutions. Gutenberg’s invention of a printing press with movable type (circa 1439), for instance, meant that European literature could suddenly be mass produced. The technology transformed the speed and volume at which information was gathered, collated and disseminated – information which permeated then changed society. Similarly, the telegraph, telephone, radio and television dramatically altered the way disparate and estranged humans and states interacted with one another. Such changes were far reaching, but none are quite on the scale of the digital revolution in ICT.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital diplomacy
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Practice
EditorsC Bjola, M Holmes
Place of PublicationOxon, UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Pages127-144
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781317550198
ISBN (Print)9781138843806
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2015

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    Murray, S. (2015). Evolution, not revolution The digital divide in American and Australian contexts. In C. Bjola, & M. Holmes (Eds.), Digital diplomacy: Theory and Practice (pp. 127-144). Taylor & Francis.