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By James T. Murphy, P?draig Carmody

Africa’s info Revolution was lately introduced as the 2016 prizewinner of the Royal Academy for in a foreign country Sciences - congratulations to the authors James T. Murphy and Padraig Carmody!

Africa’s info Revolution provides an in-depth exam of the improvement and fiscal geographies accompanying the swift diffusion of latest ICTs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Represents the 1st book-length comparative case research ICT diffusion in Africa of its kind
  • Confronts present info and communique applied sciences for improvement (ICT4D) discourse via supplying a counter to mostly positive mainstream views on Africa’s clients for m- and e-development
  • Features comparative study in accordance with greater than two hundred interviews with organizations from a producing and repair in Tanzania and South Africa
  • Raises key insights concerning the structural demanding situations dealing with Africa even within the context of the continent’s fresh financial development spurt
  • Combines views from financial and improvement geography and technology and know-how stories to illustrate the ability of built-in conceptual-theoretical frameworks
  • Include maps, images, diagrams and tables to spotlight the suggestions, box learn settings, and key findings

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9 Echoing controversial opinions of the former French President Sarkozy that the (Hegelian) challenge for Africans was to “enter into history” (McGreal, 2007), European Union officials have recently characterized new ICTs as “time portals” (Graham, 2011). Thus ICTs were/are seen to be fundamentally transformative, emancipatory, and deterministic technologies: a means to finally impose modernity on Africa and elsewhere in the “developing” world. This imposition of a particular (ideological) vision of modernity allows for the (material) opening up of markets for exports of hardware, software and cultural products (Ayonka, 2010).

Ict4d 11 education, health, governance, gender equality, and so on. The power of this discourse stems from its technological basis, its modernist gaze on the “development problem”, its optimism, and because ICTs are framed as tools to provide individuated solutions to socioeconomic and political challenges. Thrift (2005) questions the fundamentally transformative nature of new ICTs, but notes how their widespread diffusion across socioeconomic ­activities makes them both more and less important than is commonly thought.

The “poverty-washing” of ICTs, where they are presented as the cure to global poverty, but in actuality are being primarily used to promote capital accumulation, may then serve to disguise deeper problems of the ideology of consumerism and over-consumption (Sklair, 2001). As Castells (2011) recently argued, interdependent and intertwined global finance and multimedia networks play a dominant role in promoting and enabling such consumerist ideologies, and they wield tremendous power and control ict4d 13 over the world economy today.

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