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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 1, No. 4 (2005) open journal systems 


The Information Society and the Digital Divide: some North-South comparisons

Bill Martin, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia


Abstract
The concepts of the Information Society and the Digital Divide are reviewed in the context of national and international policies, many of which are techno-economic in nature and lacking a genuine social dimension. This criticism applies to programs in both the emerging and developed worlds. This social dimension must include attention to regulatory and access issues and critically, address core issues of poverty and living standards, including information poverty. The role and significance of information and knowledge need to be better understood in a world where intangible value is increasingly dominant and where metrics for knowledge are at best rudimentary.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556