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What Became of the Information Society and Development? Assessing the Information Society's Relevance in the Context of an Economic Crisis

What Became of the Information Society and Development? Assessing the Information Society's... Although it is widely assumed that the development of an Information Society is an engine for sustainable economic growth, this often remains more of an assumption than a demonstrable outcome. A critical analysis of that link is much needed, and particularly pertinent during times of crisis where it can be even more tested. To assist in meeting this aim, this article builds a new Information Society level of development composite index, and then it assesses the relationship between this index and a number of indices that offer a comprehensive approach to development (as inequality, sustainability or economic resilience). In general, the results corroborate the idea that the Information Society paradigm has definitively arrived in the current social and economic reality, promoting economic development and human welfare, but its benefits are not totally deployed yet. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Technology for Development Taylor & Francis

What Became of the Information Society and Development? Assessing the Information Society's Relevance in the Context of an Economic Crisis

What Became of the Information Society and Development? Assessing the Information Society's Relevance in the Context of an Economic Crisis

Abstract

Although it is widely assumed that the development of an Information Society is an engine for sustainable economic growth, this often remains more of an assumption than a demonstrable outcome. A critical analysis of that link is much needed, and particularly pertinent during times of crisis where it can be even more tested. To assist in meeting this aim, this article builds a new Information Society level of development composite index, and then it assesses the relationship between this index...
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Commonwealth Secretariat
ISSN
1554-0170
eISSN
0268-1102
DOI
10.1080/02681102.2016.1155143
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Abstract

Although it is widely assumed that the development of an Information Society is an engine for sustainable economic growth, this often remains more of an assumption than a demonstrable outcome. A critical analysis of that link is much needed, and particularly pertinent during times of crisis where it can be even more tested. To assist in meeting this aim, this article builds a new Information Society level of development composite index, and then it assesses the relationship between this index and a number of indices that offer a comprehensive approach to development (as inequality, sustainability or economic resilience). In general, the results corroborate the idea that the Information Society paradigm has definitively arrived in the current social and economic reality, promoting economic development and human welfare, but its benefits are not totally deployed yet.

Journal

Information Technology for DevelopmentTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 2, 2016

Keywords: economic growth; Information Society; sustainable development; composite index; economic crisis; human development

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