The process of globalization has widely increased the availability of information for people across the world. By the use of Internet and advanced mobile services, people are able to discuss business plans and proposals on an international level as well as exchange private data securely. Global communication services have also contributed to the enlightenment and development of the political process in a number of states.
Availability of Information
The availability of information is a major effect of the process of globalization. The World Health Organization, in its works focused on the cultural dimensions of globalization, has expressed the view that with the spread of businesses delivering Internet, satellite TV and mobile services, the costs of such information technologies drop. The decreased price makes it easier for people across the world to make use of the World Wide Web and the resources available.
Globalization has influenced global communication by implementing new techniques for business conduct among workers at international corporations. Long-distance travels are no longer necessary for business people should they require a meeting with a partner overseas. Internet technology makes it possible to exchange business information and conduct video conferences. Additionally, enhanced communication allows businesses to promote their products more efficiently on the international market. This significantly changed the business world. In his works on the matter, U.S. economist John Thompson concludes that the advanced means of communication have enabled international organizations to take faster and more adequate decisions in accordance with the change in economic, political or social changes in a particular region. For example, as described by Boonlert Supadhiloke, a professor of communication in Bangkok University, Thai-based international technology corporations use advanced communications to respond to the growing demand for Thai-made products.
The availability of information, which is a direct effect of the development of global communication systems, has led to increased social awareness of people across the world. Information technology and networks enable them to share opinions, views, work on projects and research different areas. These are among the main reasons why the process of globalization is creating a sense of a global society. For example, through the use of communication, many students from the developing countries enroll in university degrees in the developed world. Education is only a single sector of the social awareness. Other effects, like social determination, have also occurred -- the political unrest in Tunisia in the beginning of 2011 had been inspired by opinions and political considerations shared over the social networks available on the web.
Despite its quick spread and continuous development, global communication has not reached the majority of people on all continents. The World Health Organization indicates that at least 70 percent of all people in Africa will never make a single phone call or use Internet. This points out the need of a more extensive application of communication technologies as part of the process of globalization.