The growing interconnectedness due to the generalization of new ICTs and the globalization enabled the emergence of islands of civic engagement in countries suffering from military dictatorship. Civil society groups bypassed their national states to appeal to international networks and institutions. The relationship between local civil society groups and transnational networks and institutions participated in the construction of a framework for global governance. The civil society became global.
The diffusion of ICTs makes it possible to engage in multiparty, asynchronous, and multidirectional interactions. ICTs facilitate the flow of knowledge from lower levels to higher levels of an organisation. This blog post examines the impact of ICT on IUCN’s knowledge management activities.
If IUCN has become a reference in terms of biodiversity and conservation, it is not only due to its participatory governance mechanisms, but also to its capacity to produce well-recognized scientific knowledge through its members and commissions.
The Arab Spring has provided ample examples of how young generations use the Internet and other new ICTs to protest and conduct demonstrations.