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Global communications
The arrival of satellite television and telephone links was perhaps the defining moment in the creation of the global village.

Being able to share television images and events with a global audience of two billion or more completely transforms the scale of international events - making each one potentially world-changing.

The new technology allows families to remain in contact, as they become more widely dispersed. At the same time, businesses have expanded their supply and customer bases beyond recognition.
Foreign aid
The rise of 'instant' news, made possible by telecommunications, places people in wealthy and peaceful countries in contact with those less fortunate. The pain and horror of repression, conflict, famine, drought and natural disaster, relayed from the trouble spots of the world, began to stir consciences and fuel demands for governments to 'do something.'

From the 19th century onwards, this awareness has had an increasingly powerful effect on international politics and society.
The impact of the Internet
With the rise of the Internet, the global village has now gone online, making the villagers not just spectators but active participants.

The Internet has shortened the link between stimulus and response, enabling ordinary people to share feelings, ideas and reactions to events within minutes. It's also created a network over which far more than words can be exchanged.
The information society
Thanks to telecommunication, we now increasingly live in a world where we can know all that we need - and maybe more than we want to.

The Information Society defines everything: education, family, work and culture. It changes the way we think about what we do and how we relate to others.
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Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

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The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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