ICT4D: A Computer Science Perspective

  • Erkki Sutinen
  • Matti Tedre
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6060)

Abstract

The term ICT4D refers to the opportunities of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as an agent of development. Research in that field is often focused on evaluating the feasibility of existing technologies, mostly of Western or Far East Asian origin, in the context of developing regions. A computer science perspective is complementary to that agenda. The computer science perspective focuses on exploring the resources, or inputs, of a particular context and on basing the design of a technical intervention on the available resources, so that the output makes a difference in the development context. The modus operandi of computer science, construction, interacts with evaluation and exploration practices. An analysis of a contextualized information technology curriculum of Tumaini University in southern Tanzania shows the potential of the computer science perspective for designing meaningful information and communication technology for a developing region.

Keywords

ICT4D ICT Computer Science Information Technology Developing Countries 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erkki Sutinen
    • 1
  • Matti Tedre
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Eastern FinlandJoensuu

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