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2006 Volume 3, Number 3

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Number of articles: 16

  1. Visiting the Digital Divide: Women Entrepreneurs in Central America

    Helena Tapper

    Micro and small enterprises comprise approximately 60-70% of enterprises in South and Central America. Most of these enterprises, particularly micro enterprises, are managed and owned by women.... More

    pp. 271-278

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  2. Translocalisation over the Net: Digitalisation, Information Technology and Local Cultures in Melanesia

    Jari Kupiainen

    In the Western Pacific, the People First Network project has since 2001 been building a growing network of rural email stations across the conflict-ridden Solomon Islands. These stations are based ... More

    pp. 279-290

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  3. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Open Access Village Telecenter Initiatives: The Case of Akshaya

    Joyojeet Pal, Sergiu Nedevschi, Rabin K. Patra & Eric A. Brewer

    The Akshaya project in the rural Malappuram district of Kerala, India is home to the first and largest district-wide e-literacy project in India, and one of the largest known Internet Protocol... More

    pp. 291-316

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  4. PC Kiosk Trends in Rural India

    Kentaro Toyama, Karishma Kiri, Deepak Menon, Suneet Sethi, Joyojeet Pal & Janaki Srinivasan

    This article presents a series of preliminary, quantitative results on rural PC kiosks in India. An analysis of the data confirms many expected trends and correlations and shows that kiosks still... More

    pp. 317-324

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  5. Digital Divide within Society: An Account of Poverty, Community and E-Governance in Fiji

    Mohammad Habibur Rahman & Rafia Naz

    The importance and potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to develop economies has been demonstrated through various studies around the globe. For the Pacific, especially... More

    pp. 325-343

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  6. Responses of Chinese Higher Education to the Information Society

    Yuzhuo Cai & Wenge Guo

    Compared to the advanced industrial countries, the use of information technology in Chinese higher education came relatively late. Nevertheless, recent Chinese practices have achieved significant... More

    pp. 353-360

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  7. Applying Open Source Software in a Development Context: Expectations and Experiences. A Case Study of a University in Uganda

    Victor van Reijswoud & Emmanuel Mulo

    Over recent years the issue of free and open source software (FOSS) for development in less developed countries (LDCs) has received increasing attention. In the beginning the benefits of FOSS for... More

    pp. 361-372

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  8. The Digital Balance between Industrialised and Developing Countries: Futures Studies for Development

    Olli Hietanen

    The purpose of researching the digital balance between industrialised and developing countries was to discover how information and communication technology (ICT), content and e-services developed... More

    pp. 373-380

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  9. Digital Empowerment as a Process for Enhancing Citizens' Participation

    Maarit Makinen

    The author proposes a citizen-and community-oriented approach to using information technology, whereby people are considered as participant members of the society. This empowering approach views... More

    pp. 381-395

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  10. Memes and Affinity Spaces: Some Implications for Policy and Digital Divides in Education

    Michele Knobel

    This article focuses on the social practices of propagating and circulating memes within Internet environments as a significant dimension of cultural production and transmission. Memes (pronounced ... More

    pp. 411-427

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  11. "Intellectual Property" and Knowledge Creation in Disorganisations

    Tere Vaden

    Given the current forms of economic production and corporate markets, the liberating and democratic potential of digital information is counteracted by the concentration of media ownership, as well... More

    pp. 428-433

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  12. Configuring Knowledge: An Essay on Knowledge in the Information Age

    Avinash Jha

    This article attempts to articulate in broad outline the post-industrial regime of knowledge and information and point out its fatal flaw. The Internet is treated as a socio-technological complex... More

    pp. 434-447

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  13. Why Would Information and Communications Technology Contribute to Development at All? An Ethical Inquiry into the Possibilities of ICT in Development

    Jari Lanki

    This article looks at the ethical implications of the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in bringing about development in developing societies. Any proposed means to enhance... More

    pp. 448-461

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  14. Internet Co-Governance: Towards a Multilayer Multiplayer Mechanism of Consultation, Coordination and Cooperation (M3C3)

    Wolfgang Kleinwachter

    This article addresses issues central to the task of Internet governance and, especially, to the management of the Internet's core resources. Early conceptions of the Internet as a virtual space... More

    pp. 473-487

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  15. The Public Interest in the Globally Sustainable Information Society: The Traditional Knowledge Debate

    Daphne Zografos

    Society increasingly perceives information as an owned commodity. As a consequence, laws born from this conception are removing uses of information from the public domain and placing them in an... More

    pp. 488-493

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  16. Investments in Global Health: Private and Public Innovation Systems of Essential Pharmaceuticals

    Tiina-Riitta Rantanen

    In recent years the scope and application of intellectual property rights has been expanded remarkably in the area of medical research and development. This has strengthened the role of the private... More

    pp. 494-503

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