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Knowledge Societies: Information Technology for Sustainable Development
by R. Mansell
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At a critical time in the technology's evolution the report is especially valuable in stressing the need for forms of international governance and national/regional strategies which aid rather than obstruct widely accepted development goals. - Keith Yeomans. Intermedia. October 1998.
`The book combines, in an accesible manner, explanations and definitions of the contents of the diverse fields under study. Empirical information about the least developed and developing countries helps considerably.' Mikel Gomez Uranga, Journal of Economic Issues, Sept 99
Revolutionary information and communication technologies are contributing to dramatic changes in the competitiveness of global and local markets and in the way people conduct their business and everyday lives. The potential benefits and risks these changes present for developing countries and the economies in transition are enormous. This comprehensive, authoritative reference book examines the ways in which these powerful technologies are being harnessed to development goals, helping to reduce the risk of exclusion and create new opportunities for developing countries. The report emphasizes the urgency of developing new social and technological infrastructures to help ensure that new technologies are used effectively. It also also offers guidelines and practical steps that can be taken by stakeholders to shape their future innovative knowledge societies.
About the Author
Uta Wehn, Research Officer, Science Policy Research Unit, both at the University of Sussex, for the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development.
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