Will Information-Communications Systems Survive? Web 2.x and SocNet as Placebos or Real Internet Survival Kit

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Will Information-Communications Systems Survive? Web 2.x and SocNet as Placebos or Real Internet Survival Kit


Ruzic, Fjodor, Issues in Informing Science & Information Technology


Introduction

Web and its infrastructure is evolving from its beginning into widespread mechanism of communication and for sharing ideas amongst individuals and various socials and business groups. Nowadays we are faced with the questions about Internet capability to serve this enormous development process continued with the more mobile and ubiquitous computing facilities. With the Web 2.x technology deployment and the social networks diversification, the Internet has got new power to serve people and the community. However, there is a potential challenge caused by the Internet capability to stay the universal infrastructure for the future demand in the information-communications systems development process. This paper gives insight into existing and future Web technology deployment accompanied with the social networks. Web 2.x and current social networks could be the instruments to make Internet alive. This paper discusses the Web 2.x and Social Networks as the real tool for making Internet useful for the future demand. Besides these categories, the terms of cloud computing, Web 3.x technology and new Social Networks concepts are described as the issues acting as promoter for the new form of Internet survival kit. That is why the Web 2.x and current social networks could be thinking as the placebo making the user sense that this is the full potential of the Internet. However, such presumption could lead to the end of the Internet that has to be changed dramatically in order to stay dominant infrastructure and media category. Since the future of any information-communications systems is strongly dependent on the communications system, the Internet to survive has to be modified into truly universal communications environment.

Basic Notions on Information-Communications Systems Development

Information is economic resource and the power, but information that cannot be readily moved is gridlock on the net. Immobile information makes our businesses larger, more static and hierarchical than they need to be. It makes our economies less flexible, our jobs less fulfilling, and our lives less luminous with opportunity. The computer era is falling before the one technological force that could surpass in impact the computer's ability to process information. That is communication, which is more essential to our humanity. Communication is the way we weave together a personality, a family, a business, a nation and a world. As Guilder (2002) states the Telecosm will make human communication universal, instantaneous, unlimited in capacity and free at the margins.

In most working environment, people currently appear to work by doing four things: they look information, they search for things, they receive information, and they subscribe to things. They communicate with each other using various forms of communication. As a result, they transact business within the enterprise, with partners and supply chain, and with customers. When business are coping with the Internet, mobility and the enterprise appears to be the need for collaboration within and across enterprises. Initially, the Internet was primarily utilized as a medium for communication. After the initial stage, many organizations and individuals began to discover that they could utilize the Internet for information activities. The early application was the World Wide Web (Web) as a hypertext tool allowing computers to link information. In the same time, despite all its promises, the Web-enabled technologies are not free of associated risks that caused new Web technologies development as well as conceptual rethinking of the Internet itself. Web 2.x is undoubtedly a set of economic, social and technology issues that collectively form the basis for the one generation of the Internet--the Internet 2.x. The Internet makes reformation activities creating new fundamentals of and for our world. This reformation creates changes that are deeply cultural and not merely social and economic. …

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