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Crossing the Digital Divide and Putting ICT to Work to Improve People's Lives

Crossing the Digital Divide and Putting ICT to Work to Improve People's Lives
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Author(s): Teresa Peters (Bridges.org, South Africa)
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 3
Source title: Information Communication Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Craig Van Slyke (Northern Arizona University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch266

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Abstract

Information and communications technology (ICT) is a key weapon in the war against world poverty. When used effectively, it offers huge potential to empower people in developing countries to overcome development obstacles, address the most important social problems they face, and strengthen communities, democratic institutions, a free press, and local economies. But, a “digital divide” separates those who can access and use ICT to gain these benefits, and those who do not have access to technology or cannot use it for one reason or another.

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