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Chapter 10: Digital Capitalism and Development: The Unbearable Lightness of ICT4D
Digital Capitalism and Development: The Unbearable Lightness of ICT4D
The application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in development policies – in short, information-for-development or ICT4D – follows ideas of digital divide and cyber apartheid. This discussion situates ICT4D in critical development studies and global political economy and argues that information-for-development is primarily driven by market expansion and market deepening. As the latest accumulation wave, digital capitalism generates information technology boosterism and cyber utopianism with the digital divide as its refrain. The first part of this discussion criticizes the discourses and policies of bridging the digital divide; the second section views information-for-development as part of a package deal in which cyber utopianism is associated, not exclusively but ...