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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These organizations have another mission; they awake a feeling of collective and
civil liability. All we can do as citizens is to vote once every few years and pay
taxes. Participation in social organizations can make positive corrections in this ...
It is necessary to distinguish only two levels of analysis here: (1) the industry, and
(2) the organizations within the industry. At the macro level, the industry as an
entity has properties such as the existence of coordinating bodies and standards
In India organizations such as Simputer Trust and iNabling Technologies have
already taken the lead by developing "India-specific" hardware devices that will
cost less then Rs.9,000.00 (US$200) for a pocket-size PC. For a world in which
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