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Information Technology Policy and the Digital Divide

Lessons for Developing Countries

Information Technology Policy and the Digital Divide by Mitsuhiro Kagami
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The proliferation of new information technologies throughout the world has raised some important questions for policymakers as to how developing countries can benefit from their diffusion. This important volume compares the advantages and disadvantages of the IT revolution through detailed studies of a variety of developed and developing nations and regions; Argentina, Estonia, the EU, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, the USA and Thailand. The authors address a number of challenging issues such as standardization. IT in the mass media, Public Key Infrastructure, upstream connectivity and pricing, and draw out important policy implications for late-comers in this field - predominantly developing countries. They highlight the negative aspects of IT policy such as the digital divide and monopoly of ownership, but also illustrate the potential benefits such as 'leapfrogging' the industrialization process and the expansion of broadband capabilities.
Edward Elgar Publishing; January 2004
334 pages; ISBN 9781843769781
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Title: Information Technology Policy and the Digital Divide
Author: Mitsuhiro Kagami; Masatsugu Tsuji; Emanuele Giovannetti