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The result of increased ICT is that greater access to information creates a much more aware and educated populous who are thus, much less gullible and easily led than previous generations. Information access has transformed every individual citizen into a catalyst for action, creating a culture of "can do" attitudes that transcends the vertical power hierarchy of the past. Overall the process of social and political innovation has dramatically impacted how we can think and act within the scope of social and political organizations. There are many practical applications of this concepts, for example, within Qatar one of the most conservative nations of the Middle East, the ability of ICT to perpetuate communications has seen the rise of cellular use to almost 80% of the country's population over sixteen years of age. In China, the rise of democratic reform protests and overall outcries for greater reform has been launched and sustained through the internet. These are only practical examples of how information access as a result of ICT has led to a culture of change within countries. The final direct driver of change from ICT is the increasing integration of communication. Communication is a fundamental driver of human development, and ICT has dramatically increased the ability of individuals from around the world to develop greater depths of communication and build relationships. The emergence of the fledgling social networking services industry for instance has already transformed the way individuals keep in touch with friends, family and business contacts from around the world. Other services such as internet phones, as well as instant messaging services have created a "flattening" affect on the world. In effect, individuals are no longer separated by barriers of race, culture, and geography when they make real human connections. This has been an observable trend that has dramatically helped catalyze a cultural revolution. The ideologies of the past are openly challenged within countries that were formerly strictly traditional, due to the rise of greater communication. As a result, ideas are no longer limited to grass-roots movements towards change, but can rather have profound social, political and economic impacts on the world.

Information and communication technology has profoundly changed in the recent years due to several factors. The most important is at an infrastructural level, where the greater increase in communications capacity in fiber optics technology has led to a platform for innovation. The growth of ICT within both the developed and developing worlds has created a culture of internal growth as all organizations become more productive and efficient. These changes have had both a direct and indirect affect on an emerging cultural revolution. The greater economic benefits created by ICT has led to greater private property ownership and general increase in demands for cultural change to mirror economic improvements. As a direct result of ICT changes, we have witnessed a greater access of information and general participation of individuals within the global arena. ICT has empowered individuals to new levels by flattening the lines of communication and changing the cultural understanding of the world as a whole.

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