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Information Technology and Development : A New Paradigm for Delivering the Internet to Rural Areas in Developing Countries - Jeffrey James

Information Technology and Development

A New Paradigm for Delivering the Internet to Rural Areas in Developing Countries

Hardcover Published: 15th July 2004
ISBN: 9780415326322
Number Of Pages: 144

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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 huge benefits of such an enterprise have often failed to materialise.
This original contribution to the debate on developing countries and IT suggests that the benefits of the internet can be passed on via an intermediary. That is, what matters is not the internet itself, rather its ability to provide information that can be made relevant and useful locally. Intermediaries are arguably more likely to provide such information and hence more likely to promote what Amartya Sen called individual 'functionings', for example the ability to be free of illness.
Jeffrey James is an impressive servant to the discipline of development studies, here he brings together previously fragmented literatures to break new ground in internet intermediation. Information Technology and Development will interest development economists and practitioners in equal amounts.

List of illustrationsp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Competing concepts and their intellectual antecedentsp. 1
The emerging paradigm and its intellectual antecedentsp. 3
Fragmentation of the emerging paradigmp. 4
Priorities for future researchp. 6
Analytical foundations of a new paradigmp. 9
The existing paradigm and its limitationsp. 11
International technological dualismp. 11
Information technology as international technological dualismp. 17
Technological systemsp. 21
The donor response: universal access via telecentresp. 22
Evaluating telecentresp. 24
Conclusionsp. 28
Appendixp. 29
An emerging paradigmp. 33
The paradigms comparedp. 34
The ubiquity of radio and telephony in rural areasp. 35
Differential costs and benefitsp. 37
Intellectual antecedents of the emerging paradigmp. 41
Conclusionsp. 49
Radios, telephones and Internet accessp. 51
Community radio and the Internetp. 53
The Kothmale Internet Projectp. 53
Conclusionsp. 62
Basic telephony and the Internet in rural areasp. 65
Browsing the Internet by telephonep. 66
Telegrams by telephonep. 70
Technology blending applications to the health sectorp. 72
Conclusionsp. 75
Rural Internet access: alternatives to radios and telephonesp. 77
The need for alternativesp. 79
Radios, telephones and the burden of rural connectivityp. 79
Conclusionsp. 87
The role of rural Internet kiosks: Gyandootp. 89
The shift to servicesp. 90
Gyandootp. 92
Gyandoot versus Kothmalep. 97
Conclusionsp. 101
The role of rural Internet kiosks: n-Loguep. 103
The sale of Internet kiosks to rural entrepreneursp. 104
Rural kiosk-owners as entrepreneursp. 106
The political economy of corDECTp. 108
Conclusionsp. 110
Notesp. 111
Referencesp. 117
Indexp. 123
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ISBN: 9780415326322
ISBN-10: 041532632X
Series: Routledge Studies in Development Economics, 39
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 15th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1