We are in the midst of a third major revolution. The information revolution has the potential to change society in the same manner as did the agricultural revolution and the industrial revolution. The difference is that while the impact of those revolutions took centuries to be felt, the information revolution is transforming society in a small number of decades. We have moved from the first personal computers to a world where everyone is connected all of the time in thirty years. Change of this type happens faster than society can adjust to the changes. As a result, there are many disconnects between laws and policies governing information and the realities of the current world. There are certain realities that informed citizens need to understand to function in the wake of this revolution. In this talk, I will describe the causes and impacts of the information revolution as well as the prospects for the future.

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