Saturday, 14 May, 2016 - 05:33

We are often told that information is power - and that by extension – access to information is empowerment.

 

ICT4D often imagines that provision of internet access – and to the wealth of information on the world wide web - is itself empowering and that it constitutes 'development'.

 

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