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ICT4MED: digital technologies and human development in the Mediterranean area

Masiero, Silvia (2012) ICT4MED: digital technologies and human development in the Mediterranean area. InGlobaMED Research Paper Series, 2012 (01). pp. 15-28. ISSN 2282-5827

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Over the last decades, linkages between the diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the diversely characterized dimension of “development”, around the world, have been increasingly envisaged and analyzed. In particular, the last 10-15 years have marked the birth and deployment of a new academic sub-field, which came to be known under the name of ICT for Development (ICT4D), focusing specifically on how developing countries, or nations faced at large with a situation of difficulty, can benefit from these new technologies in order to overcome roadblocks to development, and ameliorate the standards of living of their citizens. While advocated enthusiastically by some pioneering studies (World Bank 1999; UNDP 2001), and at the same time regarded with doubt and suspicion by others (Dagron 2001; Wade 2002; Mercer 2006), ICTs plied to the purposes of human development in less-developed countries (LDCs) need to be, in the first place, regarded as integral part of contextual scenarios, whose constitutive elements are part of the picture for each and every local situation (Avgerou 2004): understanding local geopolitical scenarios is, therefore, a precondition in order to fully understand ICT4D, and the ways in which new technologies can be utilized to maximize development, and achieve real changes in the people’s quality of life.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author, MEDAlics
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 12:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:32

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