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Information and globalisation. WSF Workshop July 3-5, 2006 - Nairobi Shiraz Durrani. Information is power; the power of information. “You don’t exist if you are not reported” Communication in “traditional” village and the global village The politics of information

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information and globalisation

Information and globalisation

WSF Workshop

July 3-5, 2006 - Nairobi

Shiraz Durrani

information is power the power of information
Information is power; the power of information
  • “You don’t exist if you are not reported”
  • Communication in “traditional” village and the global village
  • The politics of information
  • Information in Africa’s liberation: Congo & Kenya – form and content
  • Lessons learnt: Vietnam; Mexico

WSF Workshop Nairobi July 2006

globalisation
Globalisation
  • A stage of capitalism
  • Driven by corporate interests
  • Information-centred technological revolution
  • Global profit search: skills, resources, markets
  • “The microchip gives you a society with the global capitalist”

WSF Workshop Nairobi July 2006

characteristics of globalisation
Characteristics of globalisation
  • Interdependent world
  • Production anywhere in the world for consumption anywhere in the world
  • Capital and industries free to move to regions of cheap labour and resources
  • Restrictions on movement of labour, leading to “legal” & “illegal” refugees

WSF Workshop Nairobi July 2006

globalisation and exclusion
Globalisation and exclusion
  • “Information Society” is not neutral
  • It is bound up with forces that perpetuate & intensify exclusion [1]
  • While this aggressive phase of capitalism results in economic growth in some countries, millions of people remain excluded from growth

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global contradictions
Global contradictions
  • Age of the Internet, yet 80 per cent of the world’s population have not used a phone
  • Age of democracy, yet world’s richest three men own more than GDP of the 48 poorest nations*.
  • Possibilities for a better life for all, yet marginalisation and exclusion for the majority.

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tools of globalisation
Tools of globalisation
  • International organisations, WB,WTO
  • Privatisation & deregulation
  • “Divide and rule”
  • Attacks on organisations (inc. TUs)
  • Use of “home guards” & “contras”
  • Wars & dictators (Iraq)
  • Cultural wars; misinformation

WSF Workshop Nairobi July 2006

results of globalisation
Results of globalisation
  • Economic exploitation
  • Social oppression based on race, gender, age, disability, religion
  • Unfavourable trade terms; corruption
  • National and international wars
  • Suppression of people’s cultures, technologies and industries

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global resistance returning a stare 1
Global resistance – “returning a stare” 1
  • Struggles for power and liberation
  • Resistance confronts domination,
  • Combatants are peasants, workers, intellectuals, academics
  • Ideologies developed & disseminated
  • National & international forces unite
  • Uses ICT, traditional & oral media

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background reading
Background reading
  • “Returning a stare”
  • Ideas and issues (2005)
    • No. 1: Globalisation
    • No. 2: Information Society
  • Background reading for Module 1

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workshop
Workshop
  • Assess the impact of globalisation in the last five years in your work and personal lives

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