Promises and Implications of the Revolution
In this chapter, I explore the many ways ICT is likely to impact social and economic development and points to the strategic significance of ICT for enabling national development and poverty reduction strategies. Most evidence comes from OECD countries or is slowly emerging from a few advanced developing countries. Based on this evidence, I believe that ICT offers many promises and opportunities, even while posing serious risks and uncertainties. Its impact is likely to be pervasive. Countries must fashion their own responses. Ad hoc or passive postures are likely to lead to eroding competitiveness, increasing divides and marginalization.