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  • ISBN: 9780275948153
  • ISBN10: 0275948153

The Social Control of Technology in North Africa Information in the Global Economy

by Andrea Kavanaugh

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
  • Publish date: 09/01/1998
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Description: In order to improve productivity and economic development, developing countries have been expanding their telecommunications infrastructure and integrating advanced information technology into their socioeconomic system. Some scholars argue that new media will be integral to the overthrow of authoritarian regimes and will allow democracy to bloom throughout developing countries. Others claim that new media will strengthen centralized control and further erode social liberty and pluralism. This study of three North African states -- Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco -- shows that developing countries are able to control the introduction and diffusion of new information technologies, including the Internet, by allowing a careful disbursement of new media privileges to a select minority. By maintaining direct or indirect social control over the market for advanced technologies, governments of North Africa can embrace new media for modernization, economic growth, and integration into the global economy without being overcome by civil unrest or instability.
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