Design and determination: the role of information technology in redressing regional inequities in the development process

Little, Stephen E. (2004). Design and determination: the role of information technology in redressing regional inequities in the development process. Voices in Development Management. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

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Abstract

This book draws on research into current and prospective developments in information and communication technologies and their impacts on the continuing process of globalization. It breaks new ground by promoting a design paradigm to aid understanding of the process of technological shaping within the globalizing economy.

The shift from wired to wireless delivery, in particular the domestication of military invention of the artificial earth orbit satellite, has transformed the availability and distribution of information and communication resources.

This book addresses the consequences of the shift from hierarchical to essentially disintermediated systems of delivery. It is concerned with the balance between the constraints imposed by design decision-making in technical and social artifacts, and the space for those outside the initial decision loop to occupy and modify those design spaces.

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