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Information Needs for a Developing Country

Information Needs for a Developing Country
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Author(s): Stewart T. Fleming (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 3
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch057
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


Developing countries have special needs for information and communication. In the rush towards globalization of economies and communications, there is a danger that developing nations will get left behind. If we are to close the gap between the “information rich” and “information poor”, then we must take these specific needs into account. This paper draws on my experiences of teaching and developing information systems in Papua New Guinea (PNG). I aim to identify the information needs of that country and relate them to the needs of other developing countries. In doing so, I will draw parallels between market forces and the globalizing force of the Internet.

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