Digital Citizenship in the Global South: “Cool Stuff for Other People”?

  • Brian WatermeyerEmail author
  • Gerard Goggin


Technology, and information and communication technology (ICT) in particular, holds out great hope for disabled people in the Global South. The role of ICTs in solving complex problems of exclusion and scarcity has been touted as central to the transformation of people’s lives. We agree that ICTs hold great promise in this context, but we show in this chapter how structures of exclusion still operate but may be invisibilised through the hype associated with new technologies. Digital citizenships may still be constrained by realities of inequitable access, but rhetorics of inclusion may obscure, and hence exacerbate, inequity.


Digital Citizenship Cool Stuff Information And Communication Technologies (ICTs) Commercial Encounters Global South Contexts 
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Gerard Goggin gratefully acknowledges the support of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project on Disability and Digital Technology (grant number FT130100097) for his research on this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Disability Studies, Department of Health and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Media and CommunicationsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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