Understanding the international ICT and development discourse: Assumptions and implications

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dc.contributor.author Wilson, Merridy
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-28T20:57:21Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-28T20:57:21Z
dc.date.issued 2002-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Wilson, M. (2002). Understanding the international ICT and development discourse: Assumptions and implications. The Southern African Journal of Information and Communication (SAJIC), 3. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19833 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 1607-2235 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn ISSN 2077-5040  (online version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/19833
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19833
dc.description.abstract This paper seeks to understand the assumptions underlying the international public ICT and development discourse and the implications of these assumptions for policy makers and development practitioners. The argument is situated within a power-knowledge framework and in broader critiques of the development industry. A discourse analysis of the public ICT and development discourse was conducted. Three main themes have been explored: 1) the construction of the category of ‘information-poverty’, 2) the construction of what counts as legitimate/valuable information and knowledge, and 3) the developmental aims of these programmes, in particular models of progress and catch-up to industrial country ideals. The paper argues that assumptions of technological determinism and a view of technology as a neutral tool for development underlie the ICT and development discourse. The use of technology as an index of development reproduces the binary opposition between the developed and the underdeveloped that has been widely critiqued within the field of development. The commonly assumed model of ICTs and development is grounded in these assumptions of technological determinism, which allow the complex political factors influencing poverty and inequality at local, national and international levels to be hidden, or at least go largely unquestioned.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title Understanding the international ICT and development discourse: Assumptions and implications en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/19833
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6591-0473


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  • SAJIC Issue 3, 2002
    Articles on building network knowledge economies, B2B e-commerce, telecommunications reform and poverty alleviation, evolution of telecommunications policy reforms, technical and policy advances in rural telecommunications, the international ICT and development discourse, convergence regulation

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