Closing the Digital Divide: Transforming Regional Economies and Communities with Information Technology
Successful strategies and principles for using information technology to transform regional and community economies exist, and they are presented here with clarity and insight in a way that is useful to both practitioners and researchers. Although the communities discussed here range far and wide, from those in Russia to Australia and to Kenya, any community can benefit from enhanced utilization of information and communication technologies.
The ways in which technology can help improve economic, social, cultural, and political conditions are as numerous and various as the communities themselves. In Central Queensland, Australia, community leaders have brought in a high-tech expert advisory system to help them control weed infestation. New Zealand and Australia have pioneered telehealth, the exchange of health care information and the delivery of some services across great distances. In Russia, wiring a community was found to be about more than mere hardware and software; vital to the process was understanding how communities provide access to information technology, how authorities and volunteers can improve computer literacy among citizens, and how connectivity can be extended to greater numbers of people. In some areas of south Asia, nongovernmental organizations have teamed up with local governments to increase access, empowerment, and e-commerce opportunities. These are but a few of the ways this volume contributes to our knowledge base about the impact of technology on economic development.
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The Faculty of Informatics and Communication (CQU) has commenced this
journey, and the work discussed in this chapter is a part of this process. ...
Population Research Laboratory, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton,
... Dean and a Professor of the Faculty of Informatics and Communication at
Central Queensland University in Australia. Although originally an electrical
engineer with the Central Electricity Generating Board in the UK, Professor
Marshall has ...
He has also held Visiting Professor positions in City University of Hong Kong and
BoSazici University (Turkey). He has recently been conferred as Honorary
Professor of Central Queensland University. He is Guest Professor of Harbin
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