Breaking the Digital Divide: Implications for Developing Countries
Dynamism and innovation are predominant features in the emergence of the information society and knowledge economy. The rapid deployment and proliferation of the new and emerging information and communications technologies (ICTs) herald new opportunities for growth and development. Governments worldwide are seeking to harness the massive potential offered. In particular, ICT applications promise significant benefits to include improved health care, easier access to public services, increased opportunities for training, work and leisure and, above all, good governance.Nevertheless, in spite of the obvious benefits of ICT, the field of practice is not without undesirable consequences and impacts. This is particularly relevant when seen within the context of developing countries where relative differences in both speed of adoption and access to ICT are most marked, contributing to uneven economic progress and development. The rapidly widening Digital Divide must be narrowed and its impact lessened to avoid long-term unwanted consequences.In Breaking the Digital Divide: Implications for Developing Countries, Elena Murelli ably and formidably succeeds in a critical analysis of the various dimensions of the Digital Divide for developing countries. The book articulates the issues and problems encountered and outlines steps the Developing Countries can take to facilitate growth and development within and between countries.Well researched, informative and authoritative this work will specifically advise and inform organisations and governments wanting to make the transition to an information society and knowledge economy. The message is clearly conveyed - no Developing Country can afford to be left behind.
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INTRODUCING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
THE INTERNET IN THE DEVELOPING
THE ONLINE EDUCATION
THE NET AND HEALTH INFORMATICS
THE NET AND THE ECONOMY OF THE DEVELOPING
THE REGULATION OF INTERNET
Appendix V Education Gaps
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agriculture areas Argentina Asia Brazil censorship Centre CHARACTERISTCS China China Telecom co-operation communications technologies computers connection data services density deployment Developing Countries diffusion Digital Divide Distance Learning e-mail eCommerce economic electronic Europe European European Union FIGURE Global PROMOTERS Government growth Health.Net human development human rights ICTs implement increase Index India industrialised industrialised countries information and communications Information Technology instance Internet Hosts Internet users Investment costs ISPs Latin America launched million ECU mobile telephones Network Wizard number of hosts number of Internet number of users OECD on-line operating organisations Pano 98a Panos Institute population possible problem PROJECT TYPE regional report by Panos RIPE rural Saudi Arabia schools scientific SERVICES & PRICES social South Africa Tanzania telecommunications infrastructure telecommunications networks telecommunications sector Teledensity Uganda UNDP University Website worldwide Zambia