ERIC Number: ED459722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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The Double Edged Sword: A Brief Comparison of IT and Internet Development in Malaysia and Some Few Neighboring Countries in the Context of Digital Divide.
Samad, Ramli Abdul
This paper shows that, although a digital divide exists between developed and developing countries, the development of information technology (IT) and the Internet has had a profound political, social, and economic impact on developing countries. IT and the Internet revolution are shaping the world into new polarized entities due to the uneven distribution of wealth, physical development, and literacy. The unequal distribution of wealth has not only impeded the acquisition of IT and the Internet for developing countries, but also created a real danger that IT and the Internet will exacerbate the existing digital divide. The political and socio-economic scenario in Malaysia has been affected by the emergence of IT and Internet. At the beginning of the new millennium under its Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia appears to be standing on a double-edged sword. With the inauguration of his brainchild, the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), Mahathir is facing an uphill task in his political career and reputation. The paradox is that, while Mahathir's administration is a strong advocate of IT and Internet in the interest of economic development, it fears the erosive effects on political control and influence. In short, IT and Internet are a dream as well as a nightmare. Mahathir has promoted IT, but now IT seems to be one of the reasons for his waning power. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Economic Factors, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Information Technology, Internet, Social Influences, Technological Advancement
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia