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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”

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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

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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

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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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