Since the 1950s, advances in computing and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) have revolutionized the transfer of information and knowledge around the world. Meanwhile, virtually every facet of life in postindustrialized societies depends on ICTs and the Internet, which have become the backbone for telecommunications, finance, governments, health care, and education. The Internet has penetrated deeply into the lives of citizens and has made everything move farther and faster than ever before. People can conduct business, interact, exchange ideas, share information, provide social support, guide actions, create artistic work, play games, engage in political discussion, and so forth using a global network of computers and communication networks that facilitates interaction among actors without regard to international, geopolitical, or geographic boundaries or time of the ...

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