Information and Communication Technology for Development

Philip Howard

in Communication

ISBN: 9780199756841
Published online February 2011 | | DOI:
Information and Communication Technology for Development


Information and communication technologies have an immense impact on the opportunities and constraints for social development in poor countries. The study of these impacts is sometimes called information communication technology for development (ICT4D), and a growing number of scholars have become specifically interested in tracing how digital technologies diffuse globally and how they change the opportunities for political action, economic prosperity, and cultural production. Almost by definition, most of this research concerns countries other than the advanced democracies and wealthy economies. Research on technology diffusion and developing countries draws scholars from across the social sciences, including anthropology, communication, computer science, geography, information studies, political science, sociology, public policy, and development studies. Indeed it is more a domain of inquiry than a subdiscipline.

Article.  4750 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies

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