The discourse on globalization intersects with assumptions about how new information and communication technologies can generate economic growth in less developed countries. This paper is a critical review of some of these assumptions. It argues that the current processes of globalization cannot on their own foster economic development because globalization is inherently dialectical. It can create wealth for some countries while at the same time, it can impoverish others thus further accentuating the marginalization of many countries. The paper concludes by suggesting ways in which less developed countries can stay “connected” with the global economy while at the same time pursuing development strategies that will meet the basic needs of the majority of their populations.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Administration
- Computer Science Applications