Internet is the world

On this very day (now International Internet Day), in 1969, the first electronic message was transferred from one computer to another in America. No one, not even the two individuals – Charlie Kline and Bill Duvall, who exchanged the message – thought it could be the starting point of a revolution of a different kind. In fact, it changed the world. The connectivity has reached to such a point that the world is increasingly becoming a global village. As Professor Thomas L Friedman rightly said, the “world is flat”. Shaping the world will be largely determined by the forces of globalisation, few else. Information and communication technology (ICT) drives the changes at the core of globalisation process. And, Internet re-opens the entire globe to billions of opportunities, starting from the remote village to the urban centres. The basic thrust of the Net was the expansion of connectivity. The linking of the globe has crossed all barriers by now. Today, from marketing to critical surgeries can all be done with the support of the Internet. Consulting doctors and trade experts are not far from anyone, provided we are connected by the Internet.
What magic! Just a few months after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, the invention of the Internet came as a boon to mankind. Like many other inventions, it too has brought both opportunities and challenges. But the most spectacular thing about the Internet is that it has created a borderless world. Physical boundaries are no more a constraint for anyone. The ease of reaching out to one another has propelled an entirely a new future for humanity. One of the most serious threats that today’s nation-state has received, has come from none other than globalisation. Precisely, this challenge has been driven by the forces of the Internet. An ordinary citizen can do many things without the help and supervision of the state. As people are burdened more with their own work like never before, they hardly have time even for their regular activities. Here, Internet provides them a solution at hand. They prefer to work with the gadgets brought by ICT, without resorting to traditional modes of administration. Thus, the shrinking of the world has posed a potential threat to the survival of the state. Hence, the openness heralded by the Internet can be dangerous to the state. But of course, a state losing out its sovereignty in the age of globalisation, is a debatable question. Meanwhile, the world is facing threats from terrorism, climate change, poverty etc. The way Internet is used by negative forces, could pose a serious challenge to nations across the world. How to minimise the effects of the evil forces like terror groups in this age of the Internet, remains a big question for all of us. And yet, the Internet deserves cheer from all. Probably, it would be hard to locate any other invention that has had such a monumental impact on mankind as of today. What is coming up next for the Net is probably a billion dollar question. The dynamism that comes in daily life is brought by the Internet. At times we shape the dynamism for it. Humanity is increasingly drawn to a world of the Net. Internet’s faster, cheaper, farther and deeper connectivity is taking human civilisation to a new age.

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