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Information and Communication Technologies in Developing Countries

The term developing country (defined here as having an economy with lower rather than high per capita gross national income, according to the World Bank) is inadequate to express the diverse social, economic, and political conditions of the many nations falling under this umbrella. Examples of such countries, according to the World Bank, include Albania, Belize, Cambodia, Djibouti, and about 135 others spread across the globe. The key challenge uniting these nations is a severe constraint on resources to invest in people. Given the capacity of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to efficiently deliver information to large populations, ICTs hold great potential for developing nations. Most importantly, ICTs can be applied for educational uses such as computer-based and online instruction to reach many more people ...

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