The speed and cost effectiveness of new information technology has prompted many to view these innovations as a panacea for social and economic development. However, such a view flies in the face of continuing inequities in education, health, food, and infrastructure. This volume explores these issues – along with questions of access, privilege, literacy, training, and the environmental and health effects of information technologies in the developing world – arguing that a higher level of development does not always result from a higher level of technologization.
Foreword: Beyond the Innovation Divide Jan Servaes. Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: Alternative Perspectives on the Diffusion of Innovations and International Development 1. Diffusing the Innovation Divide in International Development: Redressing the Injustices of Modernity Fay Patel, Giselle Rampersad and Prahalad Sooknanan 2. Reframing the Diffusion of Innovations and International Development Within a Socially Responsible, Just and Sustainable Development Perspective Fay Patel 3. Empowering Communities: A Holistic Approach for Innovation Giselle Rampersad Part II: Innovative Technology: Impact on Developing Communities 4. Hybridizing Mainstream and Development News: A Development Perspective from Trinidad and Tobago Anil Goorahoo and Prahalad Sooknanan 5. Diffusing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Equitably Across Gendered Spaces in the 21st Century: Renegotiating the Gendered Space Fay Patel 6. Entertainment-Education (E-E) and Social Change Prahalad Sooknanan and Anil Goorahoo 7. Individual Acceptance of SMS-based eGovernment Services: A Conceptual Model Robert Goodwin and Tony Susanto 8. The Role of Institutional Entrepreneurs in Enabling the Adoption of e-Governance Systems Anuradha Mundkur Part III: International Development: Critical Perspectives on Health, Poverty and Environment 9. Food Security: Eliminating Global Poverty and Hunger Kiran Bains 10. The Race Towards Green Energy and Sustainable Development Prahalad Sooknanan and Anil Goorahoo 11. Indigenous Land Use and Occupancy Mapping as a Technology of Power Steven Hemming and Daryl Rigney 12. Looking Forward: Diffusing Innovations and Developing Communities with Respect, Dignity, and Justice Giselle Rampersad, Fay Patel, Prahalad Sooknanan and Anuradha Mundkur