Information Technology and Development: A New Paradigm for Delivering the Internet to Rural Areas in Developing Countries / Edition 1

Information Technology and Development: A New Paradigm for Delivering the Internet to Rural Areas in Developing Countries / Edition 1

by Jeffrey James
     
 

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ISBN-10: 041532632X

ISBN-13: 9780415326322

Pub. Date: 09/02/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Attempts to bring the benefits of information technology in the form of the internet to developing countries have, to date, foundered on the belief that this requires the beneficiaries to access the technology directly. As a result, the perceived staggering benefits of such an enterprise have often failed to materialize.

Overview

Attempts to bring the benefits of information technology in the form of the internet to developing countries have, to date, foundered on the belief that this requires the beneficiaries to access the technology directly. As a result, the perceived staggering benefits of such an enterprise have often failed to materialize.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415326322
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/02/2004
Series:
Routledge Studies in Development Economics Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsxiii
Acknowledgementsxv
1Introduction1
Competing concepts and their intellectual antecedents1
The emerging paradigm and its intellectual antecedents3
Fragmentation of the emerging paradigm4
Priorities for future research6
Part IAnalytical foundations of a new paradigm9
2The existing paradigm and its limitations11
International technological dualism11
Information technology as international technological dualism17
Technological systems21
The donor response: universal access via telecentres22
Evaluating telecentres24
Conclusions28
Appendix29
3An emerging paradigm33
The paradigms compared34
The ubiquity of radio and telephony in rural areas35
Differential costs and benefits37
Intellectual antecedents of the emerging paradigm41
Conclusions49
Part IIRadios, telephones and Internet access51
4Community radio and the Internet53
The Kothmale Internet Project53
Conclusions62
5Basic telephony and the Internet in rural areas65
Browsing the Internet by telephone66
Telegrams by telephone70
Technology blending applications to the health sector72
Conclusions75
Part IIIRural Internet access: alternatives to radios and telephones77
6The need for alternatives79
Radios, telephones and the burden of rural connectivity79
Conclusions87
7The role of rural Internet kiosks: Gyandoot89
The shift to services90
Gyandoot92
Gyandoot versus Kothmale97
Conclusions101
8The role of rural Internet kiosks: n-Logue103
The sale of Internet kiosks to rural entrepreneurs104
Rural kiosk-owners as entrepreneurs106
The political economy of corDECT108
Conclusions110
Notes111
References117
Index123

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