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Third World Citizens and the Information Technology Revolution

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ISBN-10: 0230103642

ISBN-13: 9780230103641

Edition: 2010

Authors: Nivien Saleh

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This book challenges the widely-held view that the information technology (IT) revolution has empowered people in the Third World. Tracing the making of the global IT regime, it shows that governments and corporations of the wealthy countries dominated this process, systematically excluding representatives of low-income countries, who might have embraced alternative visions of the global information society. Once the IT regime was in place, these same actors pressured Third World countries into conforming to it. In the case of Egypt, these pressures resulted in a new ministry for IT, which helped integrate the country into a world economy governed by the rules of the haves. Ordinary…    
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Book details

List price: $121.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 294
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Acronyms
A Human Rights Approach to Globalization
Inside the Giant Globe
Turning the Globe
Meet a Nineteen-Year-Old Egyptian
Ways of Looking at Information Technology
Embarking on a Dissertation
From Fordism to Flexible Accumulation
The IT Revolution from a Post-Marxist Perspective
The Social Construction of the IT Revolution
On Regime Theory
Transformation of the State
Measuring Respect for Autonomy
Looking Ahead
The Rules of the Game are Forged
Telephony for the Global Economy
Telecom under Fordism
Change is in the Air
Who Wants How Much Competition?
A European Telecom Infrastructure that Meets Business Needs
The European Union Enters the Race for Competitiveness
Deepening Flexible Accumulation at the Uruguay Round
The Emerging IT Regime and its Organizations
In a Nutshell
Introducing the Internet
What is the Internet?
Three Major Phases of Codification
Areas of Internet Governance
Summary: New Rules Enter the IT Regime
The Rules of the Game are Enforced
Bringing Poor Economies in Line
A Fragile System
The IT Regime: Fuzzy at the Fringes
Rules Give Rise to Roles
The Peripheral State
How Enforcement Mechanisms Impose Roles
An Intricate Division of Labor
Why Role Compliance is Rarely Complete
How Does One Study Role Compliance?
Investigating One Case but Learning about Many
Egypt in the World Economy
The State under Nasser
Sadat's Reign: Egypt is Isolated and Indebted
Mubarak until 1991: No More Bold Strategies
Creditors Close In
The First Three Enforcement Mechanisms Summarized
Egypt Undergoes Structural Adjustment (Mechanism One)
The European Union Seeks an Association Agreement (Mechanism Two)
The Globalization Elite Gains Influence (Mechanism Three)
And Autonomy?
The Telecom Monopolist
Egypt's Telecom Sector: A Model of Mismanagement
USAID Calls for Reform (Mechanism Four)
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Offers Assistance (Mechanism Five)
The State Commits Itself to Export-Led Growth
The Globalization Elite Demands Liberalization (Mechanism Three Revisited)
Now It's Moving
Egypt's IT Stakeholders
Hisham El Sherif Visits the United States
Back in Egypt
Sherif Founds the Information and Decision Support Center
Building a Support Network
Helping the State Understand its Debt
Giving the State Access to the Countryside
CAPMAS, the "Big Black Hole"
Outreach to International Peers
Core Actors Support the IT Stakeholders (Causal Power Six)
Egypt Gets its Internet Connection
Political Alliances are Consolidated
Mubarak Takes IT Policy Seriously (Mechanism Six)
A New Ministry for an Old Country
The President Gives a Speech
How is the Speech to Be Interpreted?
A Ministry is Born
What Does It All Mean?
Inferences from the Egyptian Case
What Inferences Can a Single Case Yield?
The Background Factor
Enforcement Mechanism One: Structural Adjustment
Enforcement Mechanism Two: The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
Enforcement Mechanism Three: The Globalization Elite
Enforcement Mechanism Four: USAID and Telecom Reform
Enforcement Mechanism Five: The EU Supports Sector Reform
Enforcement Mechanism Six: The IT Stakeholders
Unexamined Enforcement Mechanisms
A World Full of Enforcement Mechanisms
Why is There So Little Resistance to Corporate Globalization?
What is To Be Done?
Works Cited