Geography of the Information Society

Geography of the Information Society

Jorge Ricardo Costa Ferreira (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-885-7.ch084
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Abstract

All everyday activities take place in space, and it is upon this that all information and knowledge revolve. The latter are the key elements in the organization of territories. Their creation, use, and distribution should therefore occur in a balanced way throughout the whole territory in order to allow all individuals to participate in an egalitarian society, in which the flow of knowledge can take precedence over the flow of interests.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Geography of the Information Society: A branch of geography that permits the identification of positive and negative impacts of technology throughout the territories. It analyzes the geographical structures in the era of information and knowledge.

Knowledge: An organized set of statements, facts, and ideas that present a well-founded judgment that is transmitted through a communication media in a systematic way. Knowledge is processed information from perception to acknowledgment.

Rigid Territories: Territories with low levels of information and knowledge dissemination, sometimes defined as info-excluded regions

Indicator of Potential Information Dissemination (IPID): A new indicator to qualify and quantify the potential capacity of territories to disseminate information and knowledge.

Information Society: The diffusion of information, boosted by communication technologies and the social, economical, and cultural impacts produced. It normally represents a long term structural change, mainly through creation and use of knowledge.

Elastic Territories: Territories with high levels of information and knowledge dissemination, considered to be catalyzers to the less favored regions.

Information: A category of significant concepts absorbed by the human brain which normally alter our state of knowledge.

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