Lights: Laboratory for Information Globalization and Harmonization Technologies and Studies

30 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2003

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Nazli Choucri

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

Stuart Madnick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Michael Siegel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Richard Y. Wang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Date Written: February 2003

Abstract

Three important trends - unrelenting globalization, growing worldwide electronic connectivity, and increasing knowledge intensity of economic activity - are creating new opportunities for global politics, with challenging demands for information access, interpretation, provision and overall use. This has serious implications for two diverse domains of scholarship: Information Technology (IT) and International Relations (IR) in political science. Unless IT advances remain "one step ahead" of such realities and complexities, strategies for better understanding and responding to emergent global challenges will be severely impeded. For example, the new Department of Homeland Security will rely on intelligence information from all over the world to develop strategic responses to a wide range of security threats. However, relevant information is stored throughout the world and by diverse agencies and in different media, formats, quality, and contexts. Intelligent integration of that information and improved modes of access and use are critical to developing policies designed to identify and anticipate sources of threat, to strengthen protection against threats on the United States, and to enhance the security of the nation.

Suggested Citation

Choucri, Nazli and Madnick, Stuart E. and Siegel, Michael and Wang, Richard Y., Lights: Laboratory for Information Globalization and Harmonization Technologies and Studies (February 2003). MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4443-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=469281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.469281

Nazli Choucri

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Michael Siegel

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Richard Y. Wang

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