IMPACT OF INFORMATION REVOLUTION ON STATE SECURITY
Keywords:INFORMATION REVOLUTION, STATE SECURITY
Information revolution is third in line of great paradigm changes after agricultural and industrial revolutions with its impact manifested in shorter time and on larger populace. Its challenges to state security stems from its effect of dilution of state boundaries, invalidating traditional modes of governance and empowerment of new political actors. Information revolution offers multidimensional opportunities for improving state security, however, may exacerbate existing stratiﬁcation due to digital divide. In sum total, it is neutral in its origin, irreversible and unstoppable; hence needs prudent response from all elements of state power. A country with weak state organs and frail security tends to gain or lose a lot from information revolution. Moreover, if its dividends are harnessed correctly, it can improve state functioning and state security. On the other hand, if left unmanaged, it can be manipulated by inimical forces to weaken state and divide the society.
The future of national security strategy of states is likely to be profoundly affected by the rapid progression of the global information infrastructure, information technologies, cyberspace, media and other forms of Information Warfare and Intelligence Wars. Although this is an evolving realm of warfare; yet it is essential to have threat awareness and how to mitigate them. Furthermore, how it can be used for state advantage as a weapon or instrument in current and future war scenarios.
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