The saying that 'war is the father of all things' can nowhere be more aptly applied than to our modern information and communication technology, for it was military research that spurred on the development both of the computer and the Internet. In what way is the military origin of these technologies going to affect their civil application ' what consequences is it going to have? What forms of war will the information society bring about, what kind of conflicts are going to take place, and on what fronts? Information, a decisive economic and cultural resource of modern society, has now become central to military-strategic deliberations. Is the global information network going to become the 'battlefield of the future'? All these are questions that have a severe effect on the civil economy and society. Not only new weapon systems and military strategies play a big part in future conflicts but also information, the 'strategic weapon' as well as the power of the media as a political power.
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