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Title:Towards the Development of an Equitable African Information Society
Author:Fouche, Ben
Periodical:African Development Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:science and technology policy
information technology
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Abstract:The ongoing global information and communications revolution, based on the convergence of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the digitalization of information, has brought about a new postindustrial economic and societal world order, the so-called global information economy and society. This represents tremendous challenges and opportunities, but also threats, to which African countries must respond. The author reviews recent developments pertaining to the application of ICTs in support of social development and economic growth in Africa, and analyses factors which affect the development of an equitable information society in the continent. The most important negative factor is considered to be the lack of adequate indigenous implementation capacity and the overreliance on expatriate expertise. In order to support social and economic development within the context of national priorities by building a national information and conmmunications infrastructure, several complementary aspects have to be addressed. These include public-private sector cooperation, the development of information and communications infrastructure, infostructure, including information content, applications and services, and human resource capacity and skills development. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.