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ICT and Building a Knowledge-Based Society in Egypt

ICT and Building a Knowledge-Based Society in Egypt
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Author(s): Nagla Rizk (Access to Knowledge for Development Center, School of Business, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt) and Sherif Kamel (School of Business, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)
Copyright: 2013
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Pages: 20
Source title: International Journal of Knowledge Management (IJKM)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Murray E. Jennex (San Diego State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jkm.2013010101

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Abstract

This article aims to evaluate Egypt’s progress on the road towards a knowledge society. The paper discusses the evolution and assesses the outcomes of ICT initiatives in place in Egypt. Equally, the paper analyzes the status and potential of factors that are necessary for the realization of such a society at this turning point in the country’s history. The paper pinpoints the progress achieved on many fronts and identifies necessary steps to match leading knowledge and digital societies. The paper suggests some useful strategies for the government to expand access and contribution to knowledge – promoting a shared knowledge society in co-operation with the private sector in order to bridge the gaps. Efforts should not only be focused on expanding and enhancing connectivity and technology, but should also promote content development, provide educational opportunities and foster a comprehensive enabling environment.

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