Publisher description for Knowledge societies : information technology for sustainable development / Robin Mansell and Uta Wehn, editors, for the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development.


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Revolutionary information and communication technologies are contributing to dramatic changes in the competitiveness of global and local markets and in the way people conduct their business and everyday lives. The potential benefits and risks these changes present for developing countries and
transitional economies are enormous. This comprehensive, authoritative reference book examines the ways in which these powerful technologies are being harnessed to development goals, thus helping to reduce the risk of exclusion and create new opportunities for developing countries. The report
emphasizes the urgency of developing new social and technological infrastructures so as to ensure that new technologies are used effectively. It also offers outlines and practical steps intended to guide stake-holders interested in shaping their future innovative knowledge societies.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Sustainable development -- Developing countries.
Information technology -- Developing countries.