The information society powered by technological innovations and knowledge has changed our lives. Through the advancements in the immediate access of information “The Internet” has become an important global resource, a resource that is critical to both the developed world as a business and social tool and the developing world as a passport to equitable participation, as well as economic, social and educational development” (What is the Information Society, No Date).
Many theorists have attempted to describe an information society, but many can never agree on an absolute meaning. Although not all theorists agree we’re currently in an Information Society but merely going through a trend, Frank Webster “examined six analytically separable conceptions of the information society, arguing that all are suspect, so much so that the idea of an information society cannot be easily sustained” Frank Webster (Wikipedia, 2013). Currently there is no agreed definition therefore there is no actual understanding if we’re in an IS. Frank Webster describes the information society as five different definitions, “Each of which presents criteria for identifying the new. These are: Technological, economic, occupational, spatial and culture” Theories of the Information Society, Frank Webster (2006, pp. 8-9). Such innovations have transformed how we live, from the research of information, the way we communicate, the means of purchasing food and other luxury items and overall how we travel. There is a need for a globally accepted meaning. This report will discuss, examine and overall display evidence on how information society has effected warfare and overall how warfare has been changed through the advancements of technology powered by the information society.
From the beginning of mankind, there has been confrontation. Through the advancements in technology and population growth this confrontation caused wars, where Hundreds, thousands and more recently millions sadly lost their lives. Many wars are caused by greed for power, wealth and land with information and Technology becoming a common factor in the outcome. Many of these weapons changed the tides of many wars, thus supporting the statement ‘Information = Power’. Within this essay it’ll cover two fundamental aspects within history, the Roman Empire and the British Empire.
Rome’s empire at its peak covered 6.5 million sq. km, the majority of the known world at the time. Its key strategic innovations and expertise within tactics meant the Roman Empire was not only a powerful force but also an intelligent one. Information was gathered through the usage of ‘Intelligence gatherers’, approaches, escape routes, topography, formations and strength. All this information gathered allows the educated roman army in understanding their enemy and overall how their formations should be planned to make best use of their forces. With the usage of ‘intelligence gatherers’ it enabled the Roman Empire to...