Bridging the Global Digital Divide

Bridging the Global Digital Divide

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According to many observers, the global digital divide - the extent to which information technology is benefiting developed as opposed to developing countries - has already established itself as the single most pervasive theme of the twenty-first century. The purpose of this book is to explore some of the ways in which this divide can be overcome both within and between nations. Employing a rigorous analytical framework, the author bases his analysis on the concept of international technological dualism. He argues that one possible solution to the problem is the availability of affordable technologies, such as low-cost computers, which are specifically designed for the income levels and socio-economic conditions of developing countries. He also emphasizes that the most important aim of any policy measure should be to provide universal access to information technologies, rather than individual ownership. Depending on whether or not this divide can be bridged will, to a large degree, determine whether developing countries are able to attain higher levels of productivity, prosperity and global integration.Instead, Worldgate offers Internet access via a cable set top box using a common household television and a special keyboarda#39;. ... The idea is that: Asianet will deploy the WorldgateSM Service through Motorolaa#39;s SURFviewTM platform, a $ 99 set-top box. ... All that television viewers need to receive the Internet ... is a set- top box and a remote control or a wireless keyboard, all of which are supplied by theanbsp;...

Title:Bridging the Global Digital Divide
Author: Jeffrey James
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing - 2003-01-01

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