The internet is a set of structures, rules and machines which together transport digitilised information – text, pictures, moving images, voice, software and ﬁnancial transactions. In this respect it is a bit like television, except that it is interactive, global, unregulated – and the barriers to entry for the would-be broadcaster are close to zero.
Organisations that exist to manage information ﬂow, like banks, schools and record companies are being transformed. Organisations that don’t are largely unaffected – but they are hard to ﬁnd.
The more an organisation is in the business of information, the more profoundly it will ultimately be affected. Governments are pure information management organisations and should, therefore, be transformed by this information networking tool.
And to some extent they have been, but the impact is really only just beginning.