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Information society policy in the developing world: a critical assessment

Van Audenhove, Leo, Burgelman, Jean-Claude, Nulens, Gert and Cammaerts, Bart (1999) Information society policy in the developing world: a critical assessment. Third World Quarterly, 20 (2). pp. 387-404. ISSN 0143-6597

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01436599913811


The Global Information Society (GIS) has in recent years been high on the political agenda of Western countries. These countries have been concerned with the development of Information Infrastructures in order to achieve the Information Society. In the West there has been a broad consensus about the framework in which the development of the GIS needs to take place. On both national and international levels a framework has to be established which supports competition, encourages private investment, supports flexible regulatory framework and allows for open access to networks. Recently this dominant scenario has been transposed as the appropriate scenario for the development of Information Infrastructures in the developing world. This article sets out to give an overview of GIS policy in a developmental context. It elaborates on recent policy initiatives in the area. At the international level it critically analyses changes in the communications industries and in the global economy. At the national level it critically analyses the assumptions of the dominant scenario and its proposed strategy for achieveing the GIS.

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Additional Information: © 1999 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Date Deposited: 28 May 2012 15:50
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:29

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