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In the first part of the article the author presents general issues of development of information technologies and knowledge-based economy. Informational civilization should not be considered as a universal phenomenon: depending on endogenous factors it flourishes in the most developed countries. Describing the specificity of the path leading to the information-based society in Poland, the author formulates a hypothesis that the test in the integration of Poland with the European Union should be seen in the ability of active participation in the process of transition to the realities of informational civilization. If Poland fails that test she would be exposed to the threats of remaining in the distant peripheries of the developed world.
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