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Enabling citizens to create and share information and content without having to rely on traditional intermediaries, such as government and the press, the Internet has played a significant role in different aspects of society, including social movements and political elections around the world. Moreover, the rapid development of the global Internet as a medium for high-speed global communication has had significant consequences for transnational activities, such as collaborations across borders and international trade. The degree to which a country does or does not possess Internet assets that are connected to those of other countries has important implications for its future development. This entry provides an overview of the status of global Internet connectivity and its effects on the political, economic, and social aspects of countries.

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