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Computer and informatics issues, and policy for third world development

Computer and informatics issues, and policy for third world development Abstract This paper explains why the microelectronics and computer revolution has become a subject of extraordinary importance for the developing countries, because of the rapidity of technological change and the resulting global impacts on production and consumption. It stresses that a computer and informatics strategy must be developed in the national context, rather than piecemeal, and offers a framework for policy analysis in relation to fundamental national objectives. A basic decisionmaking model for assessing the demand for computer services is developed. The paper identifies the principal technical, national, and international issues arising from the information revolution, discusses the various policy options available, and describes how a practical computer policy might be formulated and implemented in a developing country. A case study of Sri Lanka is presented, involving the successful application of this approach to computer and informatics policy analysis and implementation. Finally, the emerging consensus in the informatics and international development community is outlined, to set up a new International Centre for Computers and Informatics (ICCI), based on the network principle, that will serve the urgent needs of the developing countries in this area. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Technology for Development Taylor & Francis

Computer and informatics issues, and policy for third world development

Information Technology for Development , Volume 2 (4): 33 – Dec 1, 1987

Computer and informatics issues, and policy for third world development

Abstract

Abstract This paper explains why the microelectronics and computer revolution has become a subject of extraordinary importance for the developing countries, because of the rapidity of technological change and the resulting global impacts on production and consumption. It stresses that a computer and informatics strategy must be developed in the national context, rather than piecemeal, and offers a framework for policy analysis in relation to fundamental national objectives. A basic...
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1554-0170
eISSN
0268-1102
DOI
10.1080/02681102.1987.9627109
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Abstract

Abstract This paper explains why the microelectronics and computer revolution has become a subject of extraordinary importance for the developing countries, because of the rapidity of technological change and the resulting global impacts on production and consumption. It stresses that a computer and informatics strategy must be developed in the national context, rather than piecemeal, and offers a framework for policy analysis in relation to fundamental national objectives. A basic decisionmaking model for assessing the demand for computer services is developed. The paper identifies the principal technical, national, and international issues arising from the information revolution, discusses the various policy options available, and describes how a practical computer policy might be formulated and implemented in a developing country. A case study of Sri Lanka is presented, involving the successful application of this approach to computer and informatics policy analysis and implementation. Finally, the emerging consensus in the informatics and international development community is outlined, to set up a new International Centre for Computers and Informatics (ICCI), based on the network principle, that will serve the urgent needs of the developing countries in this area.

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Information Technology for DevelopmentTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 1, 1987

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