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The Potential of the Internet for Development: Digital Divides and Uneven Geographies of Knowledge

With Professor Mark Graham
13 Apr 2012
With Professor Mark Graham

The Internet and other new technologies have put information at the centre of the global economy. It is therefore important to understand who produces and reproduces this information, who has access, and who and where are represented by information in our contemporary knowledge economy. This audio slide show will highlight inequalities in traditional knowledge and information geographies, before moving to examine the Internet-era potentials for new and more inclusionary patterns. It will consider the implications for developing countries, and will conclude that rather than democratising platforms of knowledge sharing, the Internet seems to be enabling a digital division of labour in which the visibility, voice and power of the North is reinforced rather than diminished. The ultimate goal of the talk is then to ask why in an age of almost ubiquitous potential connectivity, so many people are still left out of global networks, debates and conversations.

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