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Digital Divide: Impediment to ICT and Peace Building in Developing Countries

Author Affiliations

  • 1Lake Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri, Borno State, NIGERIA
  • 2 Depertment of Agricultural Extension Services, University of Maiduguri, NIGERIA
  • 3 Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri, NIGERIA

Res. J. Engineering Sci., Volume 1, Issue (6), Pages 46-50, December,26 (2012)

Abstract

The growing digitalization of global activities has left societies with the only option of joining the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) band wagon. It is obvious that the ICT capabilities of a nation to some extent determine its performance in the global economy, politics, education, health and socio-cultural playing field of the 21st Century. These technologies have been incorporated in the daily activities of the western World including peace building efforts. These same technologies are however still struggling to find expression in the developing countries. This paper examines challenges posed by digital divide in mobilizing ICT for peace building. As digital divide is a challenge in many places in the world, increasing information flow and other benefits of ICT first means increasing connectivity and breaking the barriers of digital divide.

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