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By James T. Murphy, P?draig Carmody

ISBN-10: 1118751280

ISBN-13: 9781118751282

Africa’s info Revolution was lately introduced as the 2016 prizewinner of the Royal Academy for out of the country Sciences - congratulations to the authors James T. Murphy and Padraig Carmody!

Africa’s info Revolution provides an in-depth exam of the improvement and financial geographies accompanying the swift diffusion of recent ICTs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Represents the 1st book-length comparative case examine ICT diffusion in Africa of its kind
  • Confronts present details and verbal exchange applied sciences for improvement (ICT4D) discourse via offering a counter to mostly positive mainstream views on Africa’s customers for m- and e-development
  • Features comparative learn in keeping with greater than two hundred interviews with companies from a producing and repair in Tanzania and South Africa
  • Raises key insights concerning the structural demanding situations dealing with Africa even within the context of the continent’s fresh monetary progress spurt
  • Combines views from fiscal and improvement geography and technology and know-how reviews to illustrate the ability of built-in conceptual-theoretical frameworks
  • Include maps, photographs, diagrams and tables to focus on the suggestions, box study settings, and key findings

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Whereas e-business represents a form of immanent development, ICT4D, arguably, is a form of imminent development where non-governmental organizations, governments and international agencies attempt to harness ICTs for intentional developmental ends. Common examples of ICT4D projects include government sponsored and supported telecenters in the developing world. , 2008). While ICT4D promoters tout the power of these technologies for transformative forms of socioeconomic and political development, the success rate of these initiatives has been modest at best.

Amit and Zott (2001) defined an e-business as one that derives more than 10% of its revenue online. Rather than trying to determine when the 10% benchmark is reached, this book instead adopts Molla and Licker’s (2005: 90) broad definition of e-business as commercial activities that are enabled by ICTs; we would add mobile telephony networks to this definition as well: Conducting one or more core business functions internally with organizations or externally with suppliers, intermediaries, consumers, government, and other members of the enterprise environment through the application of solutions that run on Internet-based and other computer networks.

A core framing of the technology–development nexus draws upon and advances Schumpeter’s (1939) argument that long-wave cycles of economic growth are driven by changes to the sociotechnical paradigm, which effectively shifts a country’s production-possibilities frontier to higher value-added and more productive economic sectors (Freeman and Soete, 1997). However, Freeman (2001: 121) cautioned that “bubbles, euphoria and panics” are common phenomena during the early diffusion of new technologies, and ICTs are thus no different in this regard.

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