A living lab: corporate delivery of ICTs in rural India

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dc.contributor.author Schwittay, Anke en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-22T00:00:53Z en
dc.date.issued 2008 en
dc.identifier.citation Science, Technology and Society 13(2):175-209 2008 en
dc.identifier.issn 0971-7218 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14988 en
dc.description.abstract Information and Ccommunication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly seen as essential tools in development projects that can create new sources of income, make governments more transparent and accessible, improve education and health care, and overcome social exclusion and discrimination. To harness these potentials, multinational hi-tech corporations are forming public–private partnerships with governments, development institutions and civil society organisations in the delivery of ICTs to the rural masses. This article analyses the work of the Hewlett-Packard Corporation (HP), in India, where its three-year i-community programme aimed to bring access to ICTs and resulting benefi ts to rural citizens of Andhra Pradesh. I will show that ICTs are not neutral tools of development as conceptualised by practitioners of ICTD, but are commodities produced by corporations with the ultimate aim to increase the corporate bottom line. They are imbued with relations of power that skew ‘partnerships’ and must fulfi l corporate objectives that weaken their potential impact. en
dc.publisher Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Science, Technology and Society en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Details obtained from: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0971-7218/ en
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dc.title A living lab: corporate delivery of ICTs in rural India en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/097172180801300202 en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 175 en
pubs.volume 13 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd. en
pubs.end-page 209 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 87876 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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