Abstract - The Information Society 7(3)

Strategies and Architecture of the Electronic Global Village

Andrew S. Targowski

The aggregated architecture of the electronic global village, with its components of global culture, information societies, information economies, wired cities, global marketplace, information utilities, and cross-cultural communication, is presented. Goals and strategies for each component are formulated. Analysis of the functional architecture illustrates a key role of electronic highways and teleports as they interconnect the wired globe and the wired nation with the wired city via computer networks. The base of the electronic global village is composed of an information utility-mediated Global Economic System and its global marketplace. Issues of the globalization process discussed include: 1. the electronic frontier, 2. the question of whether to build, and 3. the question of whether to inform. A future option of programmed, democratic, global knowledge is also discussed.

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