Information Society and Development
The digital revolution, a key feature of globalization, has extended the frontiers of the globe with a profound impact on how the world functions and interacts. Access to information and knowledge, facilitated by information and communication technologies (ICTs), has increasingly impacted patterns of learning, cultural expression, and social participation, and has provided opportunities for development. Paradoxically, the information and communication society today is characterized by imbalances and inequalities, christened as the 'digital divide.' There is a growing concern the world over about the world?s technological haves and have-nots. At the epicenter of this alarm is the expanding chasm between those with and without access to the ICT revolution. In the backdrop of the "World Summit on Information Society" held in Tunisia in November 2005, this volume explores the nature and effects of information and communication technologies with particular emphasis on development programs. Approaching ICTs as tools for social development, the book illustrates the efforts at circumventing the digital divide in the state of Kerala, India, a distinctive developing region. The 'Kerala Model' of development, a much-debated topic in the academic circles, endows the state a unique position in the developmental map of the world. This study documents and analyzes the e-science initiatives in Kerala vis-?-vis development within the larger framework of the ongoing discourse on global structural changes in development and knowledge production, and will be of great interest to social scientists, development agencies/organizations/activists, e-professionals, and policy makers.
Publication Date: 1/1/2007