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Algorithms and Applications

Volume 6060 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 221-231

ICT4D: A Computer Science Perspective

  • Erkki SutinenAffiliated withUniversity of Eastern Finland
  • , Matti TedreAffiliated withUniversity of Eastern Finland

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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