In recent years, major advances in
ICTs, combined with the rapid growth of global networks such as
the Internet, have transformed businesses and markets. Learning and
knowledge-sharing have empowered individuals and communities with new
means of communication, and created significant wealth and economic
growth in many countries.
This revolution also means that there is no longer any need to
be physically located near urban areas where most information and
production is generated. Constraints of time and distance have been
eliminated. The trend is towards the realization of a ubiquitous network
society where people can access and exchange information freely, at any
time, from anywhere, and from any appliance.
This could be through personal
broadband and mobile access, as well as more recent developments of
intelligent home appliances and RFID tags to access networks.