ERIC Number: ED121312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Who Gains by Communications Development? Studies of Information Technolgies in Developing Countries. Working Paper 76-1.
Clippinger, John H.
To identify the distribution of benefits that accrue from introducing communications technology in developing societies, two case studies were undertaken. The first case looks at telecommunications development in Algeria where telecommunications systems are being rapidly introduced to speed up industrialization and where a satellite system is in use to promote regional development. The second case study is of educational television in El Salvador. In both cases, it was found that the government was the primary beneficiary. The introduction of new technology led to a greater concentration of power, increased centralization, and a growing technocratic elite, but in neither case did the technology have a salutary effect on the problems of undereducation, underproduction, or national strife. (EMH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communications, Communications Satellites, Developing Nations, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Experimental Programs, Innovation, Participant Satisfaction, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, Social Change, Telecommunications
Program on Information Technologies and Public Policy, 200 Aiken Computation Lab., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 ($10.90)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Program on Information Technologies and Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Algeria; El Salvador