Kadirbech Delokarov, D.Sc. (Philos.), professor, Deputy Head, Chair of Philosophy, Civil Service Academy of Russia under the President of the Russian Federation (Moscow, RF)

As a highly complicated social and cultural process brimming with contradictions, globalization affects the lives of both large nations and numerically small peoples. Today, the globalization phenomenon reflects first and foremost the scientific and technological development level of human civilization, since information and technology are objective factors that bring the nations of all countries and continents closer in the sphere of economics, politics, finances, etc. For this reason, any nation or people, irrespective of its numerical strength, is involved in the budding global conscience to the extent its scientific and technological advancement allows. I have in mind not only any countrys involvement in the worldwide information space, which allows it to promptly receive, process, and translate information, but also its ability to create exclusive information and to be involved in interpreting world processes. Globalization has offered every nation new, and fairly contradictory, possibilities. On the one hand, numerically small peoples have acquired at least a theoretical chance of joining the world network to learn from the achievements of others in various fields and to familiarize themselves with the cultural traditions of other nations. The Internet has offered all numerically small peoples a new vehicle of self-representation: they have an opportunity to present their best achievements in literature, music, fine arts, and other spheres and to bring their cultural ideas and the dynamics of civilizational transformations within the reach of the world community.

The Internet offers another, no less important, opportunity to learn more about expatriates scattered across the world and

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