Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lecture 5, 6/5

Both ‘Digital Divide’ and ‘Information Society’ have been central concepts in arguments for providing access to digital technologies to poor and marginalized societies. These concepts rework some of the institutional themes of development and growth that we covered before. In … Continue reading

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Lecture 4, 5/31

From the “top-down” approaches of the cases discussed so far, in this class we will shift to taking a “bottom-up” approach to understanding both technology and poverty. On the one hand, the lecture tackles some of the shortcomings of statistical … Continue reading

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Lecture 3, 5/29

This lecture will discuss the post-independence push towards industrialization in many developing countries. This emphasis followed from economic growth models that saw capital investment as the key to realizing economic growth with the presumption that improved social conditions would follow. … Continue reading

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Lecture 2, 5/24

In this class, we will discuss foundational theories of technology and of development that will offer us a way to understand the role of technology in development projects. In the first part of the lecture, we will ask what constitutes … Continue reading

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Lecture 1, 5/22

In this introductory class, we will lay out some of the important themes and concepts of this course. We will focus on discussions about the role of technology in poverty alleviation, examining the ways in which these discussions have changed … Continue reading

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