THIRD WORLD TO INFORMATION SOCIETY THE DIGITAL DIVIDE, DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION. Essay

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FROM THIRD WORLD TO INFORMATION SOCIETY Introduction My research intends to make an analysis on the importance of moving a third world country, into an information society, with reference to South Africa’s current situation as a third world country, moving in this direction. I intend to discuss the challenges faced in doing this, by making my observations on other case studies that shall be explored in this research, namely, the Soul City and Microsoft. There after, I shall make my conclusions and recommendations on the topic of discussion. My approach to the subject is how to build an information society from a third world country, and what are the challenges faced in doing so. In taking this angle, I shall also look at the perspectives that respond to the reasons why information is so important for the socio-economic development of a country, in this case, South Africa. My research tools are the electronic libraries and references to text books. I intend to discuss the methods introduced in this topic, and then make a general conclusion. The particular sources utilised are more diverse in the exploration of the analyses that guide this study. Secondly, I intend to cover ground on the information gap as a general problem in third world countries, though I specifically focus on South Africa. In this case, my sources allow me to explore other African countries that have also faced this challenge and are slowly growing out of this, an example of Gambia and Rwanda, to name but a few. This research is beneficial to the growing economic sector that could use information communication as a tool in building a stronger, more developed country that can compete with the international community in all levels of development. In today’s world, Information has played an increasingly important role in several economies, particularly in those of industrialised

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