How the internet is failing to drive economic development where promised by Nicolas Friederici, Researcher, Digital Economies, University of Oxford
Posted in: Digital Divide at 27/12/2016 22:08
With almost half the world's population now online, attempts to spread the internet continue unabated. The likes of Facebook and Google offer data services for "free", while satellites, drones, and balloons are used to cover those places that traditional technologies have not been able to reach.
Underlying this agenda is a rationale that the spread of the internet leads directly to economic growth and development. It may be unsurprising to hear such an argument from Silicon Valley types. After all, they profit from the spread of this technology and it's their mission to "make the world more open and connected". Simply put, the logic is that the internet is a democratising force, benefiting everyone, everywhere, in every way.