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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This person was given training in interpersonal skills, basic networking, and
using the Internet, so that he or she would then be better able to facilitate the
learning by community members. Each center was encouraged to identify a
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telecommunications infrastructures needed to facilitate the provision of these
services are grossly insufficient at many locations. Within these limitations
Australia has made impressive use of telehealth technologies. The introduction of
A national action plan to facilitate the take up of e-commerce in Australian
hospital supply chains was released in late 2001 (National Supply Chain Reform
Task Force 2002). The plan's primary purpose is to identify key building blocks
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